'Mulmin vitamin drops' is a combination of synthetic vitamins and minerals meant for children of one year age. However, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) issued a notice to the company to stop manufacture, sale, distribution and import of Mulmin drops. The FSSAI also asked the company to recall the existing products from the market with immediate effect.
According to the FSSAI, the scientific panel for functional foods, nutraceuticals, dietetic products, had earlier asked the manufacturers to submit safety information and rationale for 'pine bar' addition to the product, including the level of minerals in the product. Significantly, the panel which considered the application along with the information supplied by the company recently observed that the applicant had reduced the composition of the ingredients. Moreover, the experts also noticed that the applicant had reduced certain nutrients like zinc in the process.
The scientific panel also observed that unsupervised use of the product raises 'safety concerns' for younger children. FSSAI director (product approval) Sandhya Kabra said, "The panel noted that the Mulmin Drops was meant for children of one year and observed that unsupervised use of the product may cause health problems among infants."
The FSSAI had issued a no-objection certificate (NoC) for the product in 2012 for a period of one year. The scientific panel later asked the firm to declare ingredients as per serving size and to revise the label declaration so as to be compliant with food labeling regulations. However, keeping in view the changes made by the company in the product, the FSSAI withdrew the NoC and directed the company to stop manufacturing, sale, import and distribution of Mulmin drops with immediate effect.