After hauling up Johnson &Johnson, Wipro, Emami
and Wipro Consumer Care among others, the Maharsahtra
Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has now turned
the heat on Reckitt Benckiser for its Harpic toilet
cleaner brand and Delhi-based personal care company
the case of Reckitt & Benckiser the Maharashtra
FDA says the company needs to posses a drug licence
for its toilet cleaner brand Harpic as the product contains
certain ingredients, which classify it as a drug.
FDA officials said tests conducted on the Harpic brand,
which is sold as a disinfectant and powerful toilet
cleanser showed that the product contains chemicals
that would classify it under drugs. They said that since
the company does not possess a drug license the FDA
has issued notice to them.
Ayurvedics a Delhi-based firm has also come under the
Maharashtra FDA's scanner and the authority has asked
the company for certain clarifications from the ayurvedic
company. FDA officials said tests done to assess the
advertorial claims by Ozone Ayurvedics manufacturer
of the 'No Mark' range of personal care products revealed
that the company has been making misleading claims about
the No Marks cream being an ayurvedic soap having anti-bacterial,
blood circulation enhancing abilities.
The company has been given two days to submit related
documents about its products.
In the recent past, the Maharashtra FDA has been taking
a number of consumer goods companies to task on various
consumer related issues. In January this year the authority
cancelled the licences of gutka manufacturers, wholesalers
and retailers in the entire state of Maharashtra after
it found that the gutka and paan masala sold contained
material magnesium carbonate a carcinogen.
Maharashtra FDA's other targets have been food companies
and drug retail shops. The regulatory authority 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.
The authority instructed Parag Engineering Products,
the facility that manufactured the faulty bread samples
to stop production.
month the FDA also raided retail shops and seized Rs3-lakh
worth of medicines, including ayurvedic medicines for
slimming, diabetes and hair-dyes. Some of the products
seized included Wondar Slim Herbal, Wondar Slim Ayurvedic,
K.P.R.Diabetic Powder, RS Hair Care, Mind Power granules
officials said the advertisements of some of these products
claimed to people slim in 15 days or cure a person of
diabetes in a month. Further the product claims had
no medical evidence.
authority also found that the products which were manufactured
in Madhya Pradesh (MP), were being manufactured under
a fake license and a Hyderabad-based company Ramson
Multibrands was marketing these products.
actions of the FDA included seizing Rs16,000 worth of
ghee with a fake label of Aarey Ghee, which is a State
most high profile so far has been the notices sent to
Johnson & Johnson and Wipro for their respective
"baby" oils containing mineral oil, believed
to be unfit for babies.