Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) supplements continue to flock the market, FSSAI lacks regulation

Para-aminobenzoic acid or PABA is a precursor of folic acid and exists in dairy products such as eggs, milk, and meat. It is usually used in dietary supplements to improve skin health. In an order dated June 29, 2018, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) banned the use of PABA in the products […]

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Pandemic worsens the state of child labour in Karnataka

In the list of states with the highest incidence of child labour cases, Karnataka stands in the ninth position. Barren land in the middle of fields of Bheemanakatte village, only a few kilometers away from Kengeri, is home to a small community of construction workers and their families. It is surrounded by an array of […]

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Pharmacy sector lacks regulation of Melatonin

Melatonin is not an over-the-counter drug and is still being sold on e-commerce platforms and a few pharmacies without prescriptions. The number of people facing anxiety issues and mental health problems has  increased substantially in the past two to three years. Psychologists say that the pandemic took a toll on many people and some were unable to […]

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RTE of no use to city orphans

Many orphanages prefer sending their children to nearby schools than RTE-reserved-unaided schools to save transport costs and other overhead expenses.  The list stands out in the office in black and white. Food, rent, birthday celebrations, gas, laptops, printers, staff salariesā€”it costs a lot to finance the lives of 23 children at Vatsalyapuram Orphanage, Jayanagar. However, […]

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Banned PABA supplements available online

Little research supports the use of PABA as supplements and there are no recommended or standardized dosages. The sale of Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) supplements continues on e-commerce platforms and a few physical stores despite the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) prohibiting their use in 2018.  PABA is a precursor of folic acid […]

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