Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Atta noodles, which were set to raise competition in the market, seem to be falling prey to controversies with worms being found in a packet in Narwana city of Jind district in Haryana.
One Vinod Kumar bought the Patanjali atta noodles packet containing worms from an authorised shop selling Patanjali products which was situated in Model Town road area of Narwana on Thursday. “I had gone to purchase half kg of ghee from the shop. However, I bought a packet of atta noodles apart from desi ghee and biscuits as I thought the noodles were healthy. When I cooked the noodles the next day, I found dead worms. When I looked inside the packet which still had some noodles left, there were some worms inside as well,” Kumar said. “I immediately reached the Patanjali outlet to register my complaint about the packet,” Kumar added.
When contacted, the shop owner confirmed that he received a complaint about worms being found in a Patanjali atta noodles packet.
“As soon as I learnt about worms being found inside a packet, I stopped selling noodles and informed the wholesaler about it. Being a retail shop owner, I can hardly do anything about worms being found inside a packet,” the shop owner said.
The launch of Patanjali atta noodles had garnered media attention as it came at a time when Nestle India‘s popular instant noodles Maggi also made it back to shop shelves after a ban. Yoga guru Ramdev had launched the product with the aim to capture the noodle market by branding his product as healthier and more affordable than other instant noodles available to consumers.
Maggi was banned for five months after some samples were found to have dangerous levels of monosodium glutamate and lead. However, it made it back to shop shelves after a clean chit from labs.