The Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken Heinz India to court over claims that drinking Complan will add two inches to a child's height.
The move was initiated by pediatrician Dr R K Anand, who along with the Association for Consumers' Action on Safety & Health (ACASH) studied the claims of the company. Doctors from the Indian Academy of Pediatrics were also roped in to study the veracity of Complan's research paper.
"We moved the FDA in November 2009 with our case, stating that there was a clear violation of the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act," said Anand.
The FDA has chargesheeted seven officials of Heinz India Pvt Ltd. Their offence is described as "an exaggerated advertisement on television channels about food article Complan".
Heinz India denied any knowledge of the case, "We are not aware of any such complaint having been filed. We stand by our claim and would defend the same with appropriate research study," the company said.