After Maggi Row, Government to Ban Sale of Baby Food in Drug Stores

Union minister Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said nutrient supplements used for body building should not be allowed to be sold at chemist shops.

Published: 08th June 2015 07:53 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th June 2015 12:00 PM   |  A+A-


Indian youth have a quick snack from a fast food joint that sells Maggi. (AP/File)

NEW DELHI:  After Maggi, now baby food and other health supplements are under the  government’s scanner, with the Department of Pharmaceuticals mulling to bring a proposal to ban sale of these products at pharmacies.

It is planned that pharmacies be only allowed to sell pharmacy products like medicines. 

Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said that people purchase baby food products and supplements from chemist shops under the impression that these are good for health.

NEXT.JPG“We all know what happened in the case of Maggi and it is mainly consumed by children. I am of the view that baby food products like Nestle’s Cerelac and Nestum; Johnson and Johnson’s baby soap and oil; and other companies’ products also should not be sold at chemist shops,” Ahir said, adding he is planning to bring a proposal in this regard.

The minister said that only pharmaceutical products should be allowed to be sold at chemist shops and such as nutrient supplements used for body building should not be allowed to be sold at chemist shops.

Many states have banned Maggi after FSSAI termed them as unsafe and hazardous for human consumption after tests found presence of lead and monosodium glutamate beyond permissible limits.

Meanwhile, Goa on Sunday  joined several other states in banning the sale of Maggi.

Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar announced the ban keeping in view a similar measure taken by various other states though Maggi samples tested by Goa’s health regulator did not find any harmful contents in them.

Taking on Nestle, the Union government has filed a petition on behalf of the Indian consumers in the consumer court against the Swiss multinational for unfair trade practices and misleading advertisements over the Maggi issue. 

The complaint has been filed in the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission by the Department of Consumer Affairs based on the central food safety regulator FSSAI terming Maggi unsafe.


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