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The court to determine the criteria by which raw materials are used in the  manufacturing of drugs can be categorized into veg, non-veg, or additional  categories, a committee has been established. The committee is given ten weeks  to provide recommendations. 

A writ petition was filed by advocate Yatin Sharma alleging Patanjali “DIVYA  MANJAN” for misleading and misrepresenting the product. It questioned the  product’s red and green marks.. It alleged the said product to have red mark as it  contains non-vegetarian ingredients and to follow all the rules and norms  established by the law. 

A complaint made by Sharma brought up the matter with the Ministry of Ayush  in July last year. The Ministry replied that the provision requirement of Rule  161 of the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules 1945 did not mention any sign or mark  indicating that the product in issue contains non-vegetarian product. 

Further discussion of the demarcation of Veg/Non Veg over the label took place  at the recent ASUDTAB meeting, which took place on May 25, 2023. The  board recommended creating a committee to establish the standards by which  raw materials used in the manufacturing of drugs can be classified as Veg, Non Veg, or more categories, given that the definition of Veg/Non-Veg varies  depending on several ethical, religious, and regional factors. 

Justice Subramonium Prasad directed the order on 2nd February , 2024 stating :  “A perusal of the aforesaid communication dated 01.08.2023 shows that a  Committee has been constituted to determine the criteria by which raw  materials used in the production of drugs can be categorised into veg, nonveg  or more categories.” 

It also further stated : “In view of the above, it is expected that the Committee,  so constituted, shall give its recommendations within a period of 10 weeks from  today”. 

CASE NAME : Yatin Sharma v. Union of India & Ors. 


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