Tamil Nadu based sweet shop sells Herbal Mysurpa, claims to cure Covid-19, license cancelledJuly 09, 2020 21:09
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The Food Safety Department on Wednesday carried out an inspection in a Tamil Nadu based Sweet shop and cancelled the license of the shop owner who was selling "herbal Mysurpa" as a cure for Covid-19. A case has also been registered against the owner.
During the Covid times people have been coming with innovative methods of making awareness of certain things. But there are people who claim to provide cure for Covid-19 with their medicines or sometime even food like sweets. Last month a huge controversy was created when Patanjali launched its Covid cure drug claiming to give 100 percent results in just seven days. When the whole world is looking for a scientific discovery and a miracle to happen in the grounds of a certain Covid treatment, Baba Ramdev launched his herbal medicine. It soon got its backlash and was removed from the market. Similar thing was seen in a district of Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. A sweet shop owner was selling a sweet named herbal Mysurpa claiming it is the ultimate cure for the deadly virus.
According the sweet shop owner, the "herbal Mysurpa" was made using 19 different kinds of herbs. The sweet shop was charging nearly Rs 800 for one kilogram of the herbal Mysurpa
At a time when the scientific community is working day in and day out to develop a vaccine to fight against Covid-19 and to make the ultimate cure for the virus, Sriram, a sweet shop owner at Chinniyampalayam area in Coimbatore district made a shocking claim that the virus can be cured within a day by consuming the "herbal Mysurpa" prepared at his shop.
Not just that. Sriram the shop owner took it an extra mile by going a step ahead and even named the Mysurpa as "Photon Speed Corona Cure Mysurpa." Sriram also released an advertisement to spread the word on his product. The advertisement included the dosage chart. To make it more bizarre than it already is, there were directions on how to eat the sweet which is claimed to be the ultimate cure. As per the directions of use, each bite of the sweet must be chewed 13 times inside the mouth, with lips closed. In another absurd direction, it says that whenever a person sleeps, he/she should cover themselves fully from head to toe so that the person should sweat properly. To make the bizarre list longer there was even a point that the bitter taste of herbs would become sweeter as immunity improves.
When Sriram was talking about the herbal Mysurpa, he claimed that people with no symptoms can also consume the sweet. He claims that it is natural immunity booster. The advertisement further stated that they are ready to share the herbal Mysurpa formula with the central government to produce it in large quantity.
After the claims went viral through the advertisement of the sweet, he food safety department carried out an inspection and cancelled the license of the shop. Officials also seized around 150 kilograms of the herbal Mysurpa. Sriram was selling the sweet called Herbal Mysurpa for Rs. 800 per every kilogram. Sriram could not even name the ingredients in the dish upon being asked by the officials. An FIR has been registered on the name of Sriram in the local police station.
K Tamil Selvan who was Designated Officer of the Food Safety Department, said that a case has been filed against the shop owner under section 53 and 61 of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006. The district Siddha medical officials who were present during the inspection have also collected samples of the Herbal Mysurpa to analyse the ingredients that were used for the preparation of the so called dish.
An enquiry has also been launched against the owner of the sweet stall as he has been selling the product by wrong doings, false claims and misleading advertisements.
By Deepika Agarwal