A clutch of energy drinks rejected by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) over a month ago is still being prominently displayed and sold in stores across the country.
While a top official of the FSSAI confirmed that they had banned Monster, Tzinga and Cloud 9 from the market in May, The Indian Express was able to purchase cans of these products at stores from Srinagar to Bangalore last week.
On May 8, the FSSAI ordered the immediate recall of Monster energy drinks after finding that they contained a “combination of caffeine and ginseng which have an opposing effect on the human body”.
Starting June 5, The Indian Express was able to buy cans of Monster from stores in Delhi, Kolkata, Pune, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Srinagar — most of the shopkeepers provided receipts for the purchase.
Similarly, on May 12, the FSSAI ordered the immediate withdrawal of two other energy drink products Cloud 9 and Tzinga. The Indian Express purchased cans of Tzinga from stores in Jalandhar and Ludhiana, and Cloud 9 from a store in Srinagar.
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