In its order of 19th June 2015, the FSSAI has asked Jagdale Industries Ltd to recall four of its products with immediate effect. The products that have been recalled for a number of non-compliance issues are Mulmin Pro, Mulmin Syrup, Mulmin Plus Capsule and Mulmin Drops. The recall is with immediate effect as FSSAI has withdrawn the NOC. The company may not manufacture, sell, distribute or import the product anymore.
Though a NOC had been granted to the company the Scientific Panel for Functional Foods, Nutraceuticals, Dietetic Products, and Other Similar Products found that the products were not fulfilling a number of compliance needs. There was also some safety issues involved as a couple of food products were meant for young children. In common all the four products had these non-compliance issues which needed to be corrected.
- The composition of the nutrients was beyond the National RDA.
- The label declaration needed to be as per FSSR so that it was in compliance with Food labeling regulations
- The proportion of each ingredient had not been declared in a proportion of national RDA provided per serving. When asked to amend the same it was noticed that the applicant had reduced the composition of the ingredients and expressed it as %RDA so the number of nutrients had been reduced
Besides these, the Scientific Panel also made other observations on each product individually. In Mulmin Syrup it was observed that after the company had been asked to correct the compliance requirements the applicant had reduced the composition of the ingredients and expressed it as %RDA which led to a decrease in nutrients. The product was also a combination of Synthetic vitamins and minerals and the label showed that the product was meant for children above five years so the panel rejected the product in its present state.
Similarly, Mulmin Drops were found to be non-compliant as the Scientific Panel did not have any safety information and rationale for ‘Pine Bark’ addition to the product. The level of minerals added in the product was also not clear. The composition of Zinc was reduced when expressed as a percentage of RDA. Since the product was meant for one-year-old children the Panel felt that it would create safety issues if there was an unsupervised use of the product.
Mulmin Plus Capsules, on the other hand, contained extracts derived from Centella Asiatic (Brahmi) leaf powder. The rationale for adding this ingredient was not clear and did not seem to be scientific.Moreover, the Panel felt that the synergy effect of the combination was not known.
The Scientific Panel also examined the revised label of Mulmin Pro that the company submitted and observed that the terminology used on the label “Milk Calcium Protein Supplement” was not at all scientific. This is so as the preparation contained milk solids which included protein concentrate taken with milk. The Scientific Panel said that the claims made on the labels were unsubstantiated and not scientifically justified.
The FSSAI, therefore, recalled the products as the benefits of the claims were not clear. The FSSAI has also announced that it will continue with sample surveys and pass recall orders if the products did not comply with regulations.