Pune: A Pune-based medical professional, Sarthak Mishra, took to social media on Friday to complain about an online portal from where he purchased a fake protein supplement.
He said, “As a passionate body-builder and a medical professional, I am well aware about the consistency and taste of supplements. I shifted to Delhi from Pune three months ago and bought a food supplement from a private online portal. When I took a spoon of the powder and mixed it in water, the consistency became very thick, which struck me as odd and I realised that the product is not genuine. I still gave it a try and fell ill on that day with stomachache. On the next day, I sent a sample of it to the research laboratory and the report stated that the protein powder contained only 11 grams of protein for 100 grams of powder, whereas it should contain 72 grams of protein according to the nutritional information on the product.”
He added, “As the product had all genuine stickers and marks printed on it, including ‘fssai’ and proper invoice of the product, there was no reason to suspect it.” Recently, raids conducted in Delhi by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found that many gymnasiums were selling fake food supplements, or selling supplements without a licence.
Shivaji Desai, Joint Commissioner, FDA, Pune region said, “Online food dealers have a vast market to collect products which also includes a high risk of containing fake products. We randomly check and collect samples from various dealers and haven’t found any complaints from citizens. However, people should be careful and aware while purchasing any item.”
Arun Kumar, a fitness trainer in Aundh, said, “Fake supplements are increasing rapidly and they can be very harmful for an individual’s body. Consuming chemical substances and on top of that vigorously exercising is a deadly combination that can harm body muscles and the person can lose strength and damage his or her immune system. Recovering such body muscles is very difficult and requires lot of time.”