The FDA has also raided retail shops and seized Rs 3 lakh worth of medicines, including ayurvedic medicines.

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Mumbai, March 29:

THE Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has now turned the heat on food products.

The regulatory authority has picked up samples of Britannia bread from retail shops in South Mumbai, following consumer complaints that the manufacturing date printed on the cover was that of the next day, a press release issued by FDA said.

The authority has found an anomaly in the date of manufacture printed on the bread pack and the shelf life of the product, an FDA official told Business Line.

However, he pointed out that investigations are underway and future course of action would depend on it.

Parag Engineering Products Pvt Ltd, the facility that manufactured the faulty bread samples collected by FDA, has been asked to stop production, the release said. Britannia officials were not available for comment.

The FDA has also raided retail shops and seized Rs 3 lakh worth of medicines, including ayurvedic medicines for slimming, diabetes and hair-dyes, the official said.

Some of the products that were seized include Wondar Slim Herbal, Wondar Slim Ayurvedic, K.P.R.Diabetic Powder, RS Hair Care, Mind Power granules etc.

The advertisements of some of these products claimed that they can make people slim in 15 days or cure a person of diabetes in one month, the official said. Further, he pointed that the product claims had no medical evidence.

The products were manufactured in Madhya Pradesh (MP), but the license was found to be fake, the official said. Hyderabad-based Ramson Multibrands Pvt Ltd. was marketing these products, the FDA official said.

With investigations being initiated on the issue, the Maharashtra FDA will now work in tandem with the FDAs in MP and Andhra Pradesh, he said.

The Maharashtra FDA also seized about Rs 16,000 worth ghee with a fake label of Aarey Ghee, a State Government enterprise. Today's development is part of a series of FDA actions, over the last few weeks in the interest of the consumer.

They include notices to Johnson & Johnson and Wipro on their respective "baby" oils containing mineral oil, believed to be unfit for babies.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated March 30, 2005)
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