Curious case of Baba Ramdev's Patanjali and bread's cancer causing chemicals! Patanjali is not clean either
The news that major bread brands and those used by fast food chains like KFC, McDonald's, Dominos etc contain cancer-causing agents, and the fact that Baba Ramdev's closely associated with the BJP government and his entry into the retail sector has resulted in Patanjali becoming a multi-billion brand, raise questions over the motive of these data released.
The news of cancer causing contents detected in the breads used by KFC, Pizza Hut, Dominos, McDonalds raises suspicion in the mind as major bread brands have also been named in this list. What is interesting is that Baba Ramdev entered the retail industry with his Patanjali brand which claims to provide products that are safe and of best quality. His Patanjali is since a multi billion rupee brand. It's no news that he enjoys the patronage of the BJP government which is in power at the centre.
After the Maggie controversy, which came around the time when Patanjali launched its own brand of noodles, the bread controversy has raised a few eyebrows. Is this revelation really for the safety of the citizens or could there be an ulterior motive behind this. Narada News spoke to few citizens of the national capital to know their opinion on the issue. Suman from Noida asks: "What all should we stop consuming? Even the air in this city is cancer-causing. Personally, i am not sure what to believe and what not to now."
There have been reports in the past citing samples of Patanjali products consisting cow urine and being of low quality. Products of Patanjali have also been criticized by the users; like its ghee being labeled adulterated, Patanjali noodles packets in Haryana containing insects and fungus in its Desi Ghee bottles from Dehradun have been reported in the past. Interestingly, the Health Safety and Regulation Directorate gave a clean chit to the food products manufactured by yoga guru Ramdev’s Patanjali Yogpeeth. However, most of its products don't have FSSAI clearance.
Many food items we consume contain acrylamide. Here are a few especially common examples: Potatoe chips, French fries and other roasted or fried potato foods.
First Maggi noodles landed in a soup after allegation of being dangerous for consumption and Patanjali gained from it by grabbing market share when Maggi was banned. Now one can see another imminent ban set to be announced. For whose benefit is this happening is the question. Patanjali, the so-called Ayurvedic natural products manufacturer is planning to expand and increase its turnover to Rs 10000 cr in a year as projected by Baba Ramdev.
Anand Krishnan from Green Park says: "The laws are weak. Unless that part is addressed, such news will keep coming in. The amount mentioned in newspaper reports cannot be termed as causing health troubles with certainty. I researched on the internet after hearing the news as I am a bachelor who consumes bread everyday for breakfast. But for that matter even brands claiming to be made with natural ingredients and termed 'safe' have been found to be containing dangerous substances."
Let's check out how genuine Patanjali products really are:
Genuinity of any product needs to assessed on many traits. As far as ayurveda is concerned, there are regulations put forth by the Goverment agencies for Ayurvedic pharmacies, and the companies generally adhere to ethical practices in the manufacturing and marketing.
Genuine products few in Patanjali portfolio
For example, Patanjali Honey is not FSSAI approved and may contain high dosage of sugar/saccharine. Taste wise, you may not feel the difference, but definitely health wise not advisable. Traces of antibiotics also cannot be ruled out.
The 3rd Party supplier of Patanjali is mbeximhoney.com. Background checks reveal not so glorious past for this organization though it is a registered exporter. Check this link - Arbitration agreement needs no signature
They don't take back expired/damaged stocks or sales returns by consumers from retailers which is an unethical trade policy.
Most of the consumable products including Ghee/Noodles would not pass USFDA/FSSAI guidelines. The FSSAI license for Noodles is not available & instead it had been granted for Pasta (which was tested and approved in Lab).
Cannot comment on Personal care products in absence of Guidelines or Testing agencies.
Here have a look at how much all product got in their products:
Acrylamide in Foods (Micrograms per Serving)
Water, 8 oz., EPA limit 0.12
Boiled Potatoes, 4 oz.<3
Old El Paso Taco Shells, 3, 1.1oz.1
Ore Ida French Fries (uncooked), 3 oz.5
Ore Ida French Fries (baked), 3 oz.28
Honey Nut Cheerios, 1 oz.6
Cheerios, 1 oz.7
Tostitos Tortilla Chips, 1 oz.5
Fritos Corn Chips, 1 oz.11
Pringles Potato Crisps, 1 oz.25
Wendy’s French Fries, Biggie, 5.6 oz.39
KFC Potato Wedges, Jumbo, 6.2 oz.52
Burger King French Fries, large, 5.7 oz.59
McDonald’s French Fries, large, 6.2 oz.82