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New Delhi: Ayurveda tycoon baba Ramdev owned Patanjali Ayurved, promoted by yoga guru Ramdev, on Wednesday said it uses cow urine only in five products out of up to 700 items it manufactures, a day after a ‘fatwa’ was issued against its products in Tamil Nadu by a state-based Muslim organisation.
On the other hand, The Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) today sent samples of certain Patanjali products for testing, civic officials said.
The health department of the civic body had collected these samples from three different city-based distributors. Patanjali is promoted by well-known yoga guru Ramdev.
“We have taken samples of food items like cow ghee, biscuits, atta noodles, chilly powder and besan from three distributors. These samples were collected to check their quality under Food Safety and Standards Act of India (FSSAI),” RMC deputy health officer P P Rathod said.
“Patanjali manufactures around 650-700 ayurvedic and herbal products out of which cow urine is used in only five items. It is clearly mentioned in the ingredients list of the products in which cow urine is used,” the company said in a statement. Out of the five products, three are used in external applications and two for consumption. These are ‘Kayakalp Taila’, ‘Panchgavya’ soap, ‘Shudhi’ phenyl, ‘Gowdhan Ark’ and ‘Sanjivni vati’.
Reacting to the ‘fatwa’, it further said: “This is conspiracy to misguide and confuse crores of poor Muslims who want to use affordable and pure Patanjali products.” Yesterday, a Tamil Nadu-based Muslim organisation had issued a ‘fatwa’ against Patanjali alleging products were made by using cow urine, saying its usage was considered ‘haram’ (forbidden) in Islam. Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamat (TNTJ) had alleged that cow’s urine was being used as a ‘key ingredient’ in cosmetics, medicines and food products of Patanjali that are available in open markets as well as online.
Food safety officials have collected samples of cow milk’s ‘desi ghee’ manufactured by Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved after allegations were levelled about presence of fungus in ghee, according to a report in TOI.
The allegations about fungus in Patanjali’s ‘desi ghee’ was raised by some locals in Uttarakhand’s Haridwar.
District food safety officer of Haridwar Mahima Nand Joshi has confirmed that the samples have been collected for tests after reports of fungus in ‘desi ghee’ were received.