- Baba Ramdev under scanner
- Patanjali products sent to Assam Flood victims were past expiry dates
- Patanjali has denied the charges, investigation in process
Indian Yoga Guru, Baba Ramdev, is in deep trouble as the news of expired Food and Beverage items being sent to the Assam floods victims have started surfacing.
Patanjali is an Indian FMCG Company owned by Baba Ramdev. According to HSBC, it is the fastest growing FMCG Company in India. It is one of the biggest manufacturers of ayurvedic and organic FMCG goods.
The brand is under scanner after it has been alleged that it distributed products including juice, milk powder and other items with expiry dates.
Reports are emerging that Patanjali distributed expired goods on August 30 across various locations in the flood hit Assam which has landed Baba Ramdev and his company in great trouble with the authorities.
Assam was hard hit by floods recently which stopped the normal functioning of life in the area. Like many other NGO and Corporate Houses, Patanjali also distributed its food products amongst the flood victims at various relief camps.
But the news that the Patanjali products may be expired soon broke out and spread like wildfire.
The officials quickly noticed that among the Patanjali goods of worth Rs 12 lakh, more than half products had expiry dates on it.
None of the volunteers noticed that they were distributing expired food items to people until some people started complaining about it to the officials in charge. This is when they realized that almost half the products had an expiry date of October 2016 on it.
A letter has been written to Patanjali Ayurveda by the District Magistrate of Assam complaining about this malpractice. But the Patanjali spokesperson has denied any such allegations. He said the reports are untrue and the company would never make such a careless move. He said distributing those products was a humanitarian move by the company.
If the charges are proved, this could well prove to be a PR disaster for the highly respected company. Patanjali has made a name for itself by selling products at a very low price. Offloading the expired products at flood victims doesn’t go well with the image of a company that gives sermons about donating the profits to charity.