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ASCI upholds 344 advertisements in August and September, 2019

259 belonged to the education sector, 50 belonged to the healthcare sector, eight to personal care, eight to food and beverages and 19 were from the ‘others’ category

During the months of August and September 2019, ASCI investigated complaints against 564 advertisements, of which 179 advertisements were promptly withdrawn by the advertisers on receipt of communication from ASCI. The independent Consumer Complaints Council (CCC) of ASCI evaluated 385 advertisements, of which complaints against 344 advertisements were upheld. Of these 344 advertisements, 259 belonged to the education sector, 50 belonged to the healthcare sector,  eight to personal care,  eight to the food & beverages sector, and 19 were from the ‘others’ category.

There were several prominent brands in the Food and Beverage sector making comparative claims regarding the product composition, taste preferences, health benefits or market leadership.  Many of the claims were not adequately substantiated. The CCC also considered the comparisons to be unfairly denigrating the entire category in which the advertiser brands were competing in. A leading dairy brand presented their butter cookies to be superior due to presence of 25% butter and 0% vegetable oil.  However they made a sweeping statement that “other” butter cookies contain only 0.3% to 3% butter and 20% to 22% Vegetable Oil without presenting any verifiable evidence. Another snack brand, endorsed by a prominent cricket celebrity claimed that up to 60% of people said that their baked snack was tastier than other fried snack brands. However, this claim was not conclusively proven. The same celebrity also endorsed a leadership claim for a food supplement brand “No. 1 Supplement for Men”. As this ranking was achieved in the UK and not in India, the claim was considered to be misleading.  Advertisement by an edible oil brand implied that consumers should switch from their current heart oil to their product as it takes “Complete care of their heart”. Their claim stating that consumer’s current heart oil cannot fight against heart problems was considered to be disparaging as well as it seemed likely to scare the consumer into buying the product .  

ASCI continues to receive consumer complaints regarding misleading advertisements in the Food and Beverages sector. One complaint was against a brand positioned to be for diabetics and pre-diabetics. The CCC opined that even though the product contained low GI sugar, it still was sugar and should not have been positioned “diabetes friendly” as it was likely to do more harm.  A popular instant noodle brand did not mention in their communication if the noodles were fried or not, as required by FSSAI. One of India’s oldest biscuit manufacturers claimed “33% extra” on their product packaging, without mentioning the basis of comparison alongside the offer claim.

Rohit Gupta

Rohit Gupta, Chairman, ASCI, said, “Recently as per media reports, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) issued a statement that that the advertisers must desist from making misleading claims and that the food companies could be liable to pay a fine of up to INR 10 lakhs. Consequences of misleading advertising are grave, not only for the public but also for advertisers as it damages their reputation and breaks consumers’ trust in their products. ASCI encourages advertisers to follow the ASCI Code for self-regulation in advertising and Guidelines for Food and Beverages sector in particular so that all stakeholder interests are taken care of.”

 

Education: - 259 advertisements complained against

 

 

Healthcare: - 50 advertisements complained against

 

 

Personal Care: - Eight advertisements complained against

 

 

Food and Beverages: - Eight advertisements complained against

 

 

Others: - 19 advertisements complained against

 

Direct Complaints

The advertisements given below were complained against by the general public or by industry members. Of the 115 advertisements complained against, 32 advertisements were promptly withdrawn by the advertiser on receiving communication from ASCI. For the remaining 83 advertisements, complaints against 43 advertisements were upheld by the CCC. 17 advertisements belonged to the Healthcare sector, eight belonged to the Education sector, six belonged to the Food & Beverages sector, two from the Personal Care sector and 10 from the ‘Others’ category. 40 advertisements were not considered to be objectionable or in contravention of the ASCI code.

Healthcare

Following advertisements in the healthcare sector were found to be misleading that exploit consumers’ lack of knowledge and could lead to widespread disappointment in the minds of consumers.

 

  1. Starkey Laboratories India Pvt. Ltd. (Atharva Speech and hearing Care Pvt Ltd. - Hearing aid): The print advertisement’s claim “The World’s Best Hearing Aid Costing Rs. 3.5 Lacs Merely at The Price of Our Entry Level Model”, was not substantiated. The CCC observed that the advertisement promoted hearing aid worth Rs. 3.5 lakhs at a lower price. However, the advertiser did not substantiate that their products were “World’s best” as claimed.

 

  1. T.A. Majeed’s Fair Pharma: The print advertisement promotes treatment of cancer patients who have difficulty in swallowing. The claim “By taking our herbal medicine, this problem in swallowing food can be solved. This problem is brought about by viruses that cross Blood Brain Barrier”, was not substantiated as the advertiser did not provide any details regarding the medicines used for the treatment, and their approval status by the regulatory authorities. The advertiser also did not provide any clinical evidence nor any scientific rationale or published clinical literature references to support the claim.   

 

The following 15 advertisements were considered to be, prima facie, in violation of The Drugs & Magic Remedies Act/ The Drugs & Cosmetics Rules, and are being referred to the Ministry of AYUSH:

Sr No

Brand/Product

Claim/s

1

Asiatic Herbs/ Mast- I Oil & Capsule         

  • Capsule’s capacity never ends. 
  • For men only

2

Shahi Laboratories Private Limited - Height (ORin Height Gainer Capsules)

  • Height Gainer Capsules.

3

Shahi Laboratories Private Limited (Shahi Sila Power Capsule)

  • For Immense Strength & Stamina.

4

Shahi Laboratories Private Limited (Night O Rin Capsule)

  • Cross the limit power stimulant.

5

Shahi Laboratories Private Limited (Night O Rin Male Capsule)

  • Cross the limit power stimulant.
  • Only for Men

6

Shahi Laboratories Private Limited (Night O Rin Female Capsule)

  • Cross the limit power stimulant.
  • Only for Female

7

Govind Herbal Centre/ Manmatha Oil

  • Manmatha Oil useful to extend the Foreplay time, to make your organ strong, straight, Hard.

8

Shri Krishna Aushadhalay / Herbal medicine

  • For complete pleasure of happy married life
  • Vigor and strength in any age

9

Vedanta Eye Science Centre/ Vedanta Eye Care

  • Remove cataract or spectacles (nazar ka chasma)
  • An easy and straightforward way to escape from cataract operation

10

Magecon Life Science Opc Pvt Ltd/ Alrio-Cd4 

  • ALRIO-CD4 -  Protect from HIV

11

Magecon Life Science Opc Pvt Ltd/ Dosaywa

  • Dosaywa - enjoy your sex life

12

Magecon Life Science Opc Pvt Ltd. / Insulicks

  • No need to use any medicines and Insulicks also after 120 days
  • Getting diabetes free with ayurveda

13

Magecon Life Science Opc Pvt Ltd. / Eracanfo

  • Eracanfo - Put a stop to cancer

14

Raman Ayurvedic Cancer Sewa Society

  • “According to Dr. Ranjit Singh, Cancer is 100% Curable as he has already Cured more than 220 Patients’ Cancer, Kidney Failure Patients 50 & Infertility (Baolad) 50 Patients, Hepatitis B 40 Hepatitis C 35 Patients with his Ayurvedic Treatment System in Raman Avurvedic Cancer Society”

15

Joshila Tel - Vaid Jagdish Kumar 

  • Effect starts in 12 hours
  • Increase sex time up to 30-45 minutes.
  • Successful treatment for sexual impotence, nightfall, nil sperms
  • Free capsules to increase your sexual desire with your 30 days medicine course.
  • Successful treatment for sexual weakness; order medicines at your home
  • The visual in advertisement when read in conjunction with the claims made in the ad implies that it is meant for sexual enhancement
 

 

Education

 

The CCC found that the claims made in following two advertisements were misleading by exaggeration and could lead to widespread disappointment in the minds of consumers. The advertisements also violated ASCI’s Guidelines for Advertising for Educational Institutions and Programs.

 

  1. CL Educate Ltd. (Career Launcher - CAT         2018 result): The print advertisements claim "28,603 IIM calls in CAT 2018 and counting", and “28,655 IIM calls in CAT 2018”, were inadequately substantiated and are misleading by ambiguity. The CCC observed that the data validated by the CA certificate was for the number of interview calls received by 80 students; however, the reference to IIM was missing in the certificate, contrary to what is claimed in the advertisements. Furthermore, the claimed figures of 28,603 and 28,655 appeared to be unrealistic.

 

  1. KISH Academy (http://kishacademy.org): The website advertisement’s claim “The Most Successful Institute in India” was not substantiated with any verifiable comparative data of the advertiser’s institute and other similar institutes in India, to prove that they are more successful in terms of results and placing their students in IIMs than all other similar institutes.

 

Complaints against advertisements of the below six educational institute listed below are UPHELD mainly because of unsubstantiated AND misleading claims that they provide 100% placement/100% placement assistance OR they claim to be the No.1 and Best in their respective fields.

Metrik Computer Education

IT VEDANT

Educational Consultancy

Dubey’s Information Pool & Solution Pvt Ltd

Dnyanshree Institute of Engineering & Technology

Assam Downtown University

Personal Care

  1. Dabur India Ltd (Odomos Fabric Roll- on): The product packaging claim, “Just four Dots on Your Clothes, Mosquitoes Won’t Come Close” when seen in conjunction with the visual of the girl surrounded by a blue bubble with no mosquitoes inside and several outside, giving an impression of 100% protection was inadequately substantiated. The product provides only a moderate degree of repellency (4% to 40%, which is less than half). On the claim of safety of product, the CCC observed that the advertiser did not provide any test report of safety for the product when in proximity to human skin.

 

  1. ITC Limited (Fiama Scents Bodywash): The print advertisement’s claim, “with just a simple touch anytime, anywhere", was inadequately substantiated and is misleading by ambiguity. The test data provided, was not adequate to conclusively prove that a forearm lab test on a small number of panel members can be extrapolated to a “real life” bathing, towel drying and post bathing situation to adequately substantiate “capsule deposition all over the body and (fragrance capsules) bursting on touch over a period of 8 hours on dry skin”.

Food and Beverage

  1. Parle Products Limited (Parle Happy Happy Biscuits): The back panel of product pack claims “Net Weight: 60g + 20g* Extra = 80g with MRP Rs.10.00”, and front panel of pack claims “33%* extra”. Though offer claim of “33% extra” on 60g pack was not considered objectionable, its presentation on pack was misleading by omission as it does not mention the basis of comparison alongside the offer claim, in font size equal to or more than 25% of the font size of “33% extra” claim. The advertisement also violates ASCI Guidelines for Disclaimers which states that for comparative claim, the basis of comparison must be stated in a font size that is at least 25% of the size of the claim, which is being qualified and positioned immediately next to or immediately below the claim. 

 

  1. Gujarat Co-Operative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd. (Amul Butter Cookies): The print and twitter advertisement claims “Other butter cookies contain 0.3% to 3% butter and Amul Butter Cookies contain 25% Amul butter” and “Other butter cookies have 20% to 22% Vegetable Oil and Amul Butter Cookies contain 0% Vegetable Oil” were not substantiated. The advertiser makes generalised claims by indicating the “Other” Butter Cookies rather than “Some” Butter cookies. Additionally, the advertiser did not mention the source of such data or the basis of comparison in the advertisement. The claims unfairly denigrates the entire category of butter cookie products.

 

  1. Nestle India Ltd: Maggi Nutrilicious New Masala Oats and Maggi Nutrilicious New Masala Veg Atta: The advertisement did not clearly indicate whether the noodles are “Fried” or “Non-Fried”. This was considered to be a violation of FSSAI Regulation, 2011 which states that “instant noodle product shall be presented as ‘Fried Noodles or Non-Fried Noodles’. The information needs to be “presented” as required by the FSSAI within the advertisement - regardless of where it appears (i.e. on pack, digital advertisement, YouTube advertisement). 

 

  1. Guiltfree Industries Limited (Too Yumm Karare): The television advertisement’s claim, "Preferred by up to 60% snack lovers" and Voice over claim - "Inki tarah upto 60% logon ne kaha hai ki Too Yumm baked Karare is tastier than your fried snack", were not substantiated and are misleading by exaggeration and implication. The CCC observed that the disclaimer refers to the Nielsen study “Company claim based on independent research conducted by Nielsen, between 5th to 12th October 2018, with a sample size of 423, among males and females aged between 20 to 35 years belonging to NCCS AB households and consumes various brands of stick format salty packaged snacks regularly (at least once in 2 weeks)………”. However, the advertiser did not furnish the details of the design and the findings of this study. The CCC was of the opinion that while hyped up advertising may be permissible, it cannot transgress the grey areas of permissible assertions, and if it does so, the advertiser must have some reasonable factual basis for the assertion made. The claim qualifier “Up to” was also considered to be misleading by ambiguity. The claim unfairly denigrated other snacks brands directly regarding their “taste” in the snacks category. The disclaimers in the TVC were not legible and not in the same language as the audio of the TVC (Hindi). The hold duration of the disclaimers were also not in compliance with the ASCI Guidelines for Disclaimers.

 

  1. Diabliss Consumer Products Pvt Ltd (Diabliss Tea with Low GI): The advertisement’s claim, “For Diabetics and Pre-Diabetics” was false and misleading by exaggeration and implication. The CCC noted that while the test report presented by the advertiser indicates that the product is low GI, that alone will not make it suitable for diabetics. The product is a tea with a “low GI sugar” that constitutes almost 99.6 % cane sugar and the remaining are extracts of herbs and fenugreek etc. The fact remains that the carbohydrate is Sucrose and is a refined carbohydrate and it would ultimately get fully absorbed even if slow. Additionally, GI alone is not enough to recommend for diabetics or pre-diabetic. The CCC observed that the advertiser has selectively quoted ADA (American Diabetes Association) who also recommend that GL (Glycemic load) and GI (Glycemic Index) should be referred together. The claim was also misleading by omission of information regarding restriction on portion sizes. The tea promoted by the advertiser contains 2 tsps of sugar in a single serving. With a recommendation of two to three times a day that amounts to 4 to 6 tsps, that is, almost 75% of daily recommended intakes even for non-diabetics leave alone pre-diabetics or diabetics. The CCC expressed concern that positioning this food product to be beneficial to diabetic, may do more harm to diabetics and pre-diabetics. The test report presented by the advertiser indicates that the product is low GI; that alone does not make it suitable for diabetics. The clinical studies submitted by the advertiser have shown a lower absorption of the product but they have not shown any significant differences in the HbA1c. Furthermore, the clinical studies submitted by the advertiser is not a randomised controlled trial (RCT) and rather a comparative study and cannot be considered as a basis for robust claim support. 

 

  1. Vitabiotics, Meyer Organics Pvt. Ltd (Wellman Vitamins): The print advertisement’s claim featuring cricketer Virat Kohli “No. 1 Supplement for Men” was misleading. The CCC observed that Wellman, as per the Nielsen UK report, has the No. 1 rank in terms of Vitamin Mineral Supplements in the Branded Men’s category. However, the CCC was of the opinion that using this claim for advertising in India without specific reference to fact that the No. 1 rank has been achieved in the UK is a clear case of distorting facts by omission. The CCC observed that the advertiser did not provide any evidence showing that the celebrities had done due diligence prior to the endorsement. The advertisement violates ASCI’s Guidelines for Celebrities in Advertising.

Others

The CCC found that the claims made in the following advertisements were misleading, exploit consumers’ lack of knowledge and can lead to widespread disappointment in the minds of consumers.

 

  1. ARG Outlier Media (Republic TV): The Ad-mailer’s leadership claim was misleading and contravened BARC India Ratings – Principles of Fair & Permissible Usage.  The BARC Principles emphatically do not allow reporting of any ratings data as percentages. As per TRAI’s website, Mirror Now is an English/Hindi News channel, and deleting a major player in the English News genre (Mirror Now) from the computation constitutes a false claim.

 

  1. MakeMyTrip India Pvt. Ltd: The YouTube advertisement featuring Bollywood celebrities Alia Bhatt and Ranveer Singh that claimed “60 Minutes Resolution Else Free Stay” was misleading by ambiguity, omission and implication. The advertisement categorically states that “MakeMyTrip provides 24X7 Hotline and resolution in 60 minutes for any problem for hotel booking….” It makes a blanket claim of “hotel” implying any / all hotel and does not specify on “MMT Assured Hotels only”. The advertiser did not provide any evidence showing that the celebrities had done due diligence prior to the endorsement, hence violating ASCI’s Guidelines for Celebrities in Advertising as well.

 

  1. Amazon.com (Amazon.in): The website advertisement claim of Ajanta wall clock being sold at the discounted price of Rs.149, when the actual MRP of the product is INR 499 (70% off), is false, distorts facts and is misleading. The website advertisement was promoting `Deal of the Day’ offers on various products of which one of the product was an `Ajanta’ wall clock. However, the actual price at which this was being sold was above INR 400 and not for Rs 149.  The claim offer was qualified to mention that “Restrictions apply”. However, the advertiser did not provide the details of restrictions (rules about limits) applicable for the offer. The website also did not make reference to terms and conditions that consumers might peruse before availing the said offer, nor was any evidence provided of any of their consumers having availed the offer.

 

  1. Balaji Telefilms Ltd (Judgementall Hai Kya): The Facebook and print advertisement depicted actors of the movie - a boy and a girl holding a razor blade with the sharp edge resting on the tip of their tongue. The CCC concluded that the visual in the poster shows a dangerous act and manifests a disregard for safety, which is also likely to encourage minors to emulate such act which could cause harm or injury.

 

  1. One 97 Communications Limited (PayTM): The PayTM application advertisement claim “Free Movie Tickets Worth Rs.1200 on PayTM” is misleading by ambiguity and omission of the offer being over a period of 12 months and violated ASCI Guidelines for Disclaimers. The advertiser’s application did not make any reference by way of (*) / (T&C Apply) to terms and conditions that consumers might peruse before availing the said offer.  The details of the offer were made available only once the membership was purchased. The advertisement contravened ASCI Guidelines for Disclaimers.

 

  1. Grofers India Private Limited (Grand Orange Bag Days): The website advertisement’s claim “Flat 100% Cashback Up to Rs.5000/-” was qualified with T&C; However, the disclaimer was not prominent in the advertisement nor did it correspond to any asterisk. The advertisement contravened ASCI Guidelines for Disclaimers.

 

  1. Naaptol Online Shopping Private Limited (Get in shape Fitness Belt and Pant): The advertisement’s claim as translated from Hindi “Reduces 5 Kgs in one month” was not substantiated as the advertiser failed to provide product brochures, details of the product’s effectiveness for weight reduction by removal of unwanted flab from the body, and weight loss data based on rigorous trial to prove results of five kgs weight loss in one month.

 

  1. PhonePe Private Limited (PhonePe): The television advertisement’s claim, “Pay with PhonePe QR Code at any store and win up to Rs.1000/- cashback”, were inadequately substantiated. Advertiser did not submit verifiable data of customers who had benefitted by the said offer, nor with any independent audit or verification certificate. The claim is misleading by exaggeration. Additionally, there was no generic data provided regarding what percentage of scratch cards represented Rs 1000 cash back offer.

 

  1. People Interactive (I) Pvt. Ltd (Shaadi.com): The television and YouTube advertisement’s claim “60 Lakh Success Stories” was inadequately substantiated. The CA Certificate provided merely provides assurance that the calculations are as followed by the company. The certificate does not provide any assurance of validity of the basis of the calculation. The process rationale arrived at for the number of users who found a match on Shaadi.com, multiplying each deleted / suspended user by 2 ‘to account for the partner for each user’ was not acceptable.

 

  1. Midas Hygiene Limited (Herbal Khatnil): The television and YouTube advertisement’s claim “…wahi be-asar kaala, hara, neela cans coils woils aur liquidators …” with visual showing aerosol cans, liquidators, and mosquito coils, was misleading by implication. The advertisement projected competitor products as ineffective, and unfairly denigrated competitive products directly in the mosquito repellent category, by showing blurred pack shot images of coloured cans and mosquito coils.

Suo Motu Surveillance by ASCI for misleading advertisements

The advertisements listed below were picked up through ASCI’s Suo Motu surveillance of Print and TV media through the National Advertisement Monitoring Services (NAMS) project. Out of 449 advertisements that were picked, 147 cases were resolved immediately wherein the advertisers confirmed that the advertisements were being withdrawn post receiving the complaints. Of the 302 advertisements examined by the CCC, complaints against 301 advertisements were upheld. Of these 301 advertisements, 251 belonged to the Education sector, 33 advertisements belonged to the Healthcare sector, six belonged to the Personal Care category, two belonged to the F&B category and nine fell in the “Others” category.

Education

The CCC found that the claims made in following 29 advertisements were misleading by exaggeration, exploited consumers’ lack of knowledge and could lead to widespread disappointment in the minds of consumers. A large number superlative claims were unsubstantiated. These advertisements also violated ASCI’s Guidelines for Advertising of Educational Institutions and Programs.

  1. Adarsh Rajasthan PG College: The print advertisement’s claim “Fees will be refunded if student does not get selected in guarantee batch”, was not substantiated with supporting evidence of the students who were selected in defence forces and in railway industry, and of fee refunds issued to non-selected students.
  2. AAA College of Engineering & Technology: The print advertisement’s claim “100% scholarship worth 4 Crores” was not substantiated with supporting evidence or through an independent audit or verification certificate. The advertiser did not provide supporting evidence of 100% scholarships / part scholarship availed by any of their students, financial provision made by the institute to grant such scholarship, information regarding the amount of scholarship and the total number of scholarships being offered and the criteria used for the same.

 

  1. Accord School: The print advertisement’s claim “Most awarded school with outstanding results”, was inadequately substantiated and is misleading by exaggeration and implication. The CCC observed that the advertiser did not provide verifiable comparative data of the awards received by them as compared to other similar CBSE schools, to prove that they have received more awards than all the others, and their results have been outstanding compared to others.

 

  1. Abhishek Mishra Classes: The print advertisement’s claim “Given the Best results every year from dropper's batch”, was not substantiated with market survey data, or with verifiable comparative data on year on year basis since inception, of the advertiser’s classes and other similar coaching classes, to prove that they have given better results every year in Dropper Batch than all the rest, or through an independent third party validation.  

 

  1. Abhiprerna Career Institute: The print advertisement’s claims, “The First choice of students for IIT-JEE and NEET in Bikaner” and “The best so far” were misleading as the advertiser did not provide any support data or evidence of comparison with other similar institutes in Bikaner, to prove that their institute was considered as the first choice for students to join for IIT-JEE and NEET courses, as compared to all the others. Advertiser also did not provide any market survey data, or verifiable comparative data of the advertiser’s institute and other similar institutes, to prove that they are better than all the rest in providing coaching for the courses claimed, or through an independent third party validation.

 

  1. ALLEN Career Institute: The print advertiser’s claim “Highest number of selections in Olympiads and NTSE”, was not substantiated with verifiable comparative data, or through an independent third-party validation.

 

  1. ALLEN Career Institute: The print advertiser’s claim, “Highest selections from a single institute of any city in Madhya Pradesh”, was inadequately substantiated. Advertiser did not provide any support data or evidence of comparison with actual results of all other top competitor institutes in various cities in Madhya Pradesh, to prove that their institute has given the highest number of selections of students than any other institute. 

 

  1. Vision Point: The print advertisement’s claim “Pass student in only 45 days”, was not substantiated with details of their 45 days coaching program and verifiable supporting data of students who have availed their coaching for 45 days and as a result have passed, with contact details of these students for independent verification.

 

  1. GEMS International School: The print advertisement’s claim “The largest private K-12 education provider of the world” was not substantiated with any verifiable comparative data on a worldwide basis of the advertiser’s school and other similar schools, to prove that they are larger than all the rest in providing K-12 education methodologies,  or through a third party validation.

 

  1. Global Educational Consultants: The print advertisement’s claims, “Most Trusted Overseas Education Consultants Award” And “Kerala's Most Trusted and Highest Rated Overseas Educational Consultants” were not substantiated with any market survey data or with any verifiable comparative data of the advertiser’s institute and other similar institutes in Kerala, to prove that they are more trusted and are rated higher as compared to all others, in providing Overseas Educational Consultancy services, or through a third party validation.

 

  1. GOAL Institute: The print advertisement’s claim “Most of the Jharkhand/ Bihar toppers in NEET (UG) 2018 are from Goal Institute” and “The Best result oriented Hostel in Engineering/Medical stream in India” was not substantiated with market survey data, or with verifiable comparative data of the advertiser’s hostel and other similar hostels in India, to prove that they have achieved better results in engineering and medical stream than all the rest, or through an independent third party validation.

 

  1. Gurukul Defence Academy: The print advertisement’s claim, “Guaranteed selection of 12th Sci (Maths) students scoring more than 60% in Navy or Airforce along with B.A., B.Sc. or else return of fees in a written agreement”, was not substantiated with verifiable supporting data. The claim was not supported with a disclaimer that should have stated “Past record is no guarantee of future job prospects” and hence was considered misleading.

 

  1. ICS Coaching Centre: The print advertisement’s claim, “Only one choice to get government job is ICS”, was not substantiated with any support data or evidence of comparison with other similar institutes, to prove that they are the only institute to give government jobs as compared to all the others, by providing training for the various career courses as claimed.

 

  1. Shekhawati Defence Academy: The print advertisement’s claim, “Rajasthan's Oldest and Most Successful Defence Academy” was not substantiated with any market survey data or with any verifiable comparative data of the advertiser’s academy and other similar defence academies, to prove that their institution is older and more successful as compared to all the others, or through a third party validation.

 

  1. Star PMT Tutorials – Star Hybrid School: The print advertisement’s claim, “The Most Trustworthy Name of Purvanchal” was not substantiated with any market survey data or with any verifiable comparative data of the advertiser’s school and other similar schools in Purvanchal, to prove that their school is more trusted as compared to all the others, or through a third party validation.

 

  1. BTRIX Medical Classes: The print advertisement’s claim, “Consistently producing highest selection ratio of Kota” was misleading without any support data or evidence of comparison with other similar medical classes in Kota, on year on year basis, or for the last three years, to prove that their coaching classes has given highest selection of students in NEET and AIIMS exams than any other coaching classes nor any independent third party certification.  

 

  1. SAPE Events & Media Pvt. Ltd (SAPE Career Fair): The print advertisement’s claim, “Siliguri's oldest & most reputed Education Fair in this region” was not substantiated with any market research data, or any verifiable comparative data to prove that the advertiser’s education fair is the oldest and most reputed compared to Education Fairs organized by other institutes nor any independent third party certification.

 

  1. Indian Airman Academy: The print advertisement’s claim, “Refund fees if there is no selection from guarantee batch”, was not substantiated with any supporting evidence of refund of fees to non-selected students for Air Force and Navy.  

 

  1. Bharath Institute of Higher Education and Research: The print advertisement’s claim “Most awarded university in India” was not substantiated with any verifiable comparative data of the awards received by them as compared to other universities, to prove that they have received more awards than all others.

 

  1. Worldwide Immigration Consultancy Services: The print advertisement’s claim “World’s Largest Immigration Group”, was not substantiated with any market survey data, or any verifiable comparative data worldwide, of the advertiser’s group and other Immigration groups in the world, to prove that the advertiser is larger than all the rest, in providing services in the area of student and business immigration, or through a third-party validation.

 

  1. A D Joshi Junior College: The print advertisement’s claim “India's Most Renowned and Prestigious IIT/ NEET Expert program” was not substantiated with market survey data, or with verifiable comparative data of the advertiser’s institute and other similar institutes in India, to prove that their IIT/NEET Expert Program is more renowned and more prestigious compared to similar programs offered by all the others, or through an independent third party validation.

 

  1. Vidyamandir Classes: The print advertisement’s claim, “India's Most Premium Brand for Engineering & Medical”, was not substantiated with any details as to how the brand was considered to be “premium” with any verifiable comparative data of the advertiser’s institute and other similar coaching institutes in India, to prove that their brand is the most premium as compared to all the rest in providing engineering and medical coaching to their students, or through an independent third party validation.

 

  1. Vidyadhish Vidyasankul: The print advertisement’s claim, “Highest Selection in JEE Advanced in All Over Bhavnagar In Terms of Number of Students”, was not substantiated with verifiable comparative data, or through an independent third-party validation.

 

  1. K L Deemed to be University: The print advertisement claim, “The Biggest Education Fair”, was not substantiated with any market survey data or any verifiable comparative data of the advertiser’s education fair and other similar education fair’s conducted for admissions to various academic programs, to prove that their fair is bigger than all the rest, or through a third-party validation.

 

  1. Universal Coaching Centre: The print advertisement’s claim, “Producing Highest Number of IAS/ IPS/ KAS Rank Holders from Karnataka since 20 Years”, was not substantiated with verifiable comparative data on year on year basis for the last 20 years as claimed, of the advertiser’s institute and other similar coaching institute in Karnataka, to prove that their institute has given the highest number of IAS/IPS/KAS Rank Holders than any other coaching institute, or through an independent third party validation.

 

  1. Swarnandhra College of Engineering & Technology: The print advertisement’s claim, “Bestowed with Many National and International Awards”, was not substantiated with copy of the award certificates, details of the awarding bodies, details of the criteria for granting the awards, references of the awards received such as the year, source, category, survey methodology, parameters considered, questionnaires used, names of other similar institutes that were part of the survey, outcome of the survey. The claim, “The Most Preferred Institute Among Students Not Only in Andhra Pradesh But Also in India” was not substantiated with any market survey data or with any verifiable comparative data of the advertiser’s institute and other similar institutes in Andhra Pradesh and India, to prove that they are more preferred than all other institutes by students, or through a third party validation.
  2. Takshila Institute: The print advertisement’s claim, “Toppers 1st Choice” was not substantiated with survey data or evidence of comparison of their institute with other similar institutes, to prove that their institute was considered as the first choice by topper students for engineering and medical entrance preparation, in general and not just by their own students or through an independent third-party validation

 

  1. Thewindowsclub.com: The print advertisement’s claim, “India's No.1 Blog in Terms of The Web Traffic”, was not substantiated with verifiable comparative data of the advertiser’s blog and other similar online blogs in India, to prove that they are in leadership position (No.1) in garnering the maximum web traffic to their blog, or through an independent third party validation.

 

  1. Hans Raj Mahila Maha Vidyalaya: The print advertisement’s claim, “The Premier Most Women Institution of North India”, was inadequately substantiated with authentic, verifiable comparative data of their institute versus other similar women institutes in North India. 

 

Complaints against advertisements of 222 educational institutes listed below are UPHELD mainly because of unsubstantiated AND misleading claims that they provide 100% placement/100% placement assistance OR they claim to be the No.1 and Best in their respective fields. The advertisements also violated ASCI Guidelines for Advertising of Educational Institutions and Programs.

360 Degree Education Centre

Creative Cad Solution (Cad Classes)

Modulus Academy

Sri Krishna Polytechnic College

A.C.T Educational Trust-A.C.T. College of Engineering and Technology

Curves Academy Hair & Skin

MSP. Velayutha Nadar Lakshmi Thaiammal Polytechnic College

Sri Maniya International Institute of Hotel Management

A R Marine Academy

Dayananda Sagar University

Morning Star Polytechnic College

Sri Ramswaroop Memorial University

A.N. Defence Academy

Datatec Institute of Management and Technology (DIMAT)

Nandu Education Pvt. Ltd,

Sri Saraswathi IIT NEET Academy – Sri Saraswathi Junior College

Aaghaaz Classes

DPC Polytechnic College

National Fire Safety Institute

Sri Shirdi Sai Junior College

Aarya Commerce Career

DPMI - Delhi Paramedical & Management Institute

NICE Paramedical Institute

Srivenketeshwaraa College of Engineering and Technology,

Abhinava Group of Institution

Dr. K.Singh Vision Classes

Nightingale Institute of Nursing Education

Sri Sukhmani Group of Institutions

Abhiprerna Career Institute

Dronacharya PG College

NIIT University (NU)

SRM Institute of Science and Technology

Academy of Fashion & Art (AFA)

Education +

Nucleus Education

St Xaviers Community College

Achievers Academy

Essar Maritime Academy

Optimize Media Solution- Universal Education Expo World

St. Mary's Educational Trust (SMET)

Adarsh Defence Academy

Excel Public School

Oriental University

St. Theresa’s Industrial Training Institute

Adhigam Coaching

Fortune Academy for Career Empowerment (FACE Institute of Hotel Management)

Oxford Patil's PU Science College

St. Theresa’s Industrial Training Institute

Adhunik Group of Institutions

G.D. Goenka Public School

Panipat Institute of Engineering & Technology

St. Vivekanand Senior Secondary School

Admission World Education

G.D. Goenka University

Perfect Institute of Professional Accounts (PIPA)

Sunbeam Matric. & CBSE School,

Aero Institute of Technology

Gedee Technical Training Institute

Planet of Commerce

Sunrise Defence Academy

Agra Defence Academy

Geeta Group of Institutions

PSD Vidyamandir

Sushree Sardama Trust- Vivekanand Institute of Management

AIMS Group of Institutions – AIMS Higher Secondary School of Science

Glorious Classes

PSGR Krishnammal College For Women

Swami Vivekanand Subharti University

AIMS Hotel Management College

Hindustan First Grade College

Rajasthali Judical School

Tagore English Academy,

Airborne College of Aviation

Hiya Educare Pvt Ltd - Infinity Educare

Rajeev Gandhi Memorial College of Engineering and Technology

Tamil Nadu Aim Technical Training Centre

Ajeenkya DY Patil University

I.T.S The Education Group

Rajshree Group Institutions & Hospital

Technocrats-TIT Group of Institutions

Aksa International Air Hostess Training Institute

ICAT Design & Media College

Royal Colleges

Teerthanker Mahaveer University

ALLEN Career Institute

IIMT Group of Colleges (IIMT University)

S.S.M Polytechnic College

The Calcutta Anglo Gujarati College

Alpha International School (Gondal)

Indian Defence Academy

Sadguru Academy of Science

The Chef IIHM Institute of Hotel Management and Tourism

Alphores Educational Institutions - Alphores Group of Schools

Indian Institute of Students

Sahyog Institute of Accounts & Taxation

The Leo Institute for Excellence

Ambition Law Institute

Indian Institute of Students

Sai Royale College of Tourism, Hotel Management & Professional Studies

The Lord Krishna School,

Amity University

Institute of Hotel Management & Culinary Studies (IHMCS)

Samrat Prithviraj Chauhan College

The Sardana International School

Anand Institute Nursing

Institute of Hotel Management Catering Technology & Applied Nutrition (IHM Meerut)

Sarwate Agriculture Academy

Trivaag

Anil Dak Maths Classes

Integral University

Scholars Den

Tuli College of Hotel Management

Annai Theresa Medical Foundation- Annai Theresa College

International Institute of Aviation & Hotel Management

Shail Group of Institutions

UC International Institute of Professional Learning and Research

Annapoorana Engineering College

Jagannath University

Sharshti Computers

UpGrad Education Private Limited

Anugraha Institute of Social Sciences

Jagannath University

Sheltas

Vedanta IAS Academy

Apex Academy

Jayaprakash Narayan Polytechnic College

Sheth C. L. Hindi High School

Velammal Meignanaguru Paramedical College

Apollo Classes

Jharkhand Rai University

Shivani Junior College

Vellore Polytechnic College

Apollo Group of Colleges

JIS Group – JIS College of Engineering

Shree Bhagwat Institute of Technology

Vendy Sr. Sec. School

Arihant Classes

JIS Group - Guru Nanak Institute of Pharmaceutical Science & Technology

Shri Adhiyaman Medical Institute of Electropathy & Hospital

Venper Academy

Asansol Engineering College

JIS Group-Narula Institute of Technology

Shri Anand Institute of Nursing,

Verma's IAS

Astute Academy

Kakatiya Group of Schools-Telangana

Shri Jairambhai Patel Institute of Business Management (NICM)

Vidarbha Professional Academy (VPA)

Babu Banarasi Das University

Kalpvan Education

Shri Maruti Vidyamandir

Vidhya Niketan Higher Secondary School

Bankersadda.com

Karur College of Engineering

Shri Ram Murti Smarak College of Nursing & Paramedical Sciences

Vidya Bhavan College of Pharmacy

Baroda Institute of Management Studies (BIMS)

Kasthurba Medical Education

Shri Ramana Foundation (Shri Ramanas ABC Polytechnic College)

Vidyashram Public School

Bharath Center for Vocational Training (BCVT) - BCVT Computer Education

Kewal Academy

Shri Sharda Vidya Bhavan,

Vignan Group of Institutions- Vignan Global Gen Schools

Bharath Institute of Higher Education and Research

King Makers IAS Academy

Shri Siddhi Vinayak Group of Institutions

Vikas School Bhart

Bhoomi IAS

KLE Academy of Higher Education & Research

SkillShine Academy

Vinayaka Missions College of Nursing

Bikaner Institute of Management and Science

Kovai CNC College

SMEC Labs

Vindhya Institute of Technology and Science – VITS

Biocare School of Nursing & Vocational Training Center

Kulanjiyappa IAS Academy

Soniya Education Trusts Group of Institutions

Virtual Voyage College of Innovation

BITT Polytechnic

KVM School

Spencer Tuitions,

Vision AIIMS

BITT Polytechnic

Lakshmi Narain College of Technology (LNCT Group of Colleges)

Springfields College

Vision Group of Institution

Bulls Eye 

LBS International School

Sri Ambal Public School

Visvodaya High School

Cambay Institute of Hospitality Management

Lords University

Sri Annai Arts & Science College

Vivekananda College

Capital Techno Innovation

Mahatma Nursing & Catering Institute

Sri Annai Paramedical Institute

Vivekananda Polytechnic College

Career Point

Maruthi Institutions - Maruthi Training Institute

Sri Aurobindo Mira College of Education

VMIT Polytechnic (Vidya Memorial Institute of Technology)

Cenneys Institute of Hotel Management

MAVMM Group of Institutions

Sri Gokulnatha Mission Catering College

VR Classes

CEOA College of Arts & Science

Mentors Eduserv

Sri Gokulnatha Mission College of Paramedical and Hotel Management

Winfield High School

Coimbatore Marine College

Milan's Academy

Sri Gokulnatha Mission Community College

Yaduvanshi Group of Schools

College

Modern International School

Sri Krishna Matric Higher Secondary School

Yuva Upnishad Foundation

Narayana College of Nursing /Titan

Bangalore Institute of Technology

 

 

Healthcare

The CCC found that the claims made in the following 12 advertisements were misleading that exploit consumers’ lack of knowledge and could lead to widespread disappointment in the minds of consumers. Several of these claims were misleading by exaggeration.

  1. Jolly Health Care - Jolly Tulsi 51 Drops: The television advertisement’s claim, “Increase Immunity and Saves/Protects Form Diseases” featuring celebrity Hrithik Roshan was not substantiated with robust clinical evidence of product efficacy and is misleading. The advertiser, promoting an ayurvedic liquid extracts of five types of tulsi oil for increasing immunity and protection from diseases; did not provide product specific details such as copy of product label, copy of product approval license, product composition details, and evidence of the ingredients present in the product, nor any relevant extracts of ayurvedic references in support of the claim. The advertisement also violated ASCI’s Guidelines for Celebrities in Advertising as there was no evidence provided to show that the celebrity did due diligence prior to the endorsement, to ensure that all descriptions, claims and comparisons made in the advertisement are capable of substantiation.

 

  1. Sadhana Clinic: The print advertisement’s claims, “Remove diseases with Immunize therapy (Allopathy)”, “Any type of skin diseases of incurable allergy like Psoriasis is cured from roots with Immunize therapy by increasing immunity power in blood”, and “Stubborn diseases like skin allergy, joints pain, and frozen shoulder are being cured”, were not substantiated with supporting clinical evidence or with treatment efficacy data. The Claim, “Diseases of thousands of patients have been cured”, was not substantiated with supporting evidence of patients who were treated by the advertiser’s clinic, or through a third party validation.   

 

  1. Abirami Care Kidney: The print advertisement’s claim, “India's largest dialysis network”, was not substantiated.  The CCC did not agree with the advertiser’s contention that they are using the claim as it is a tagline under NephroPlus banner, who the advertiser entered into an agreement with. Nephrocare Health Services Pvt Ltd also, did not provide any verifiable comparative data of Nephrocare Health Services and other dialysis services in India, to prove that their dialysis network is larger than all the rest, or through an audited report or third-party validation. 

 

  1. Aesthetica Dental Implant Clinics: The print advertisement’s claim, “Eastern India's Best Dental Implant Clinic”, was not substantiated with market survey data, or with verifiable comparative data of the advertiser’s clinic and other similar Dental Implant Clinics in Eastern India, to prove that their Dental Clinic is better than the rest, or through an independent third party validation. 

 

  1. Strides Consumer Private Limited (Joint Flex Pain Relief Cream): The advertisement’s claim, “Its special formula has glucosamine which penetrates deep within the joints providing immediate and long lasting relief”, was inadequately substantiated and was misleading. There was no data provided of any study done with the advertised ayurvedic product that demonstrated “immediate penetration of Glucosamine deep into the joints” as implied.

 

  1. Alpha Healing Center India: The print advertisement’s claim “India's Best Rehabilitation Centre”, was not substantiated with any market survey data, or with verifiable comparative data of the advertiser’s center and other similar Rehabilitation Centre in India, to prove that their Rehabilitation Centre is better than all the rest, or through an independent third party validation.

 

  1. Yog Vigyaan: The print advertisement’s claims “Definite treatment to gain weight without side effect” and “Quit alcohol, gutkha, charas, ganja, afim without knowledge of the person”, were not substantiated with robust supporting clinical evidence in statistically significant number of patients treated at their clinic for the treatment claimed.  

 

  1. Varun Trauma & Burn Centre Pvt Ltd: The print advertisement’s claim, “Aligarh's Most Trustworthy IVF Centre”, was not substantiated with any market survey data or with any verifiable comparative data of the advertiser’s centre and other IVF centres in Aligarh, to prove that they are more trusted as compared to all others in providing IVF treatment to couples, or through a third party validation.

 

  1. Magecon Life Science Opc Pvt Ltd – Posysin: The print advertisement’s claim (in Kannada) as translated in English, “Eradicate Psoriasis” was not substantiated with robust clinical evidence of patients cured permanently from psoriasis.

 

  1. Anand Dental Imaging & Milling Centre: The print advertisement’s claim, “Most Advanced Dental Clinic of North India”, was not substantiated with verifiable comparative data or with market survey data of the advertiser’s clinic versus other similar dental clinics in North India to prove that they provide more advanced treatment than all the rest, or through an independent third party validation.

 

  1. City Hospital & Research Centre: The print advertisement’s claim, “The best health service institute of the country”, was not substantiated with any market survey data, or with verifiable comparative data of the advertiser’s centre and other similar health service institutes in the country, to prove that they are better than all the rest in providing health services to their patients, or through an independent third party validation.

 

  1. Progenesis Fertility Center Advanced Center for Reproductive Medicine – Dr. Malgaonkar’s Progenesis Fertility Center: The print advertisement’s claims, “India's fastest growing brand in IVF” and “Highest Success Rate”,  were not substantiated with market research data or with  verifiable comparative data of the advertiser’s centre and other fertility centres  in India, to prove that they are the fast growing IVF brand,  and they have success rate higher than all the rest,  for IVF treatment, nor the claims were supported through an independent third party validation.
     

The following 21 advertisements were considered to be, prima facie, in violation of The Drugs & Magic Remedies Act/ The Drugs & Cosmetics Rules, or potential violation of the advisory issued by Central Council of Indian Medicine and are being referred to the Ministry of AYUSH:

 

Sr No

Brand/Product

Claim/s

  1.  

Media Gate Private Limited – Perfect 99 Secret Capsule

  • Increases Libido Strength & Stamina
  • Complete Satisfaction for well-being Long action with the same intensity
  1.  

Media Gate Private Limited – Perfect 99 Secret Capsule

  • Perfect 99 herbal capsules work naturally without unwanted side effects and are, therefore, better than prescribed sex pills
  • Perfect 99 herbal capsules work instantly which means- in minutes after consuming, you can start enjoying truly mind-blowing also reduces recovery time between ejaculations always on and ready to reload and react quickly, again and again, all night long
  1.  

Vilayati Dawakhana

 

  • Successful treatment of sugar, stones, arthritis, white spots, obesity, and venereal diseases in men-women
  1.  

Global Heart Foundation

  • Freedom from heart disorders
  • Bypass surgery can be avoided
  1.  

Doctor Clinic & Sarv Nasha Mukti Kendra

  • Quit alcohol, smack, Afim, Doda, Bhang, Ganja without the knowledge of the person with their self-developed medicines.
  • Sure and instant treatment for all sex problems and diseases.
  1.  

Mathumathi Herbal and Yoga

Hospital

  • “Completely cure kidney failure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, paralysis, swelling in liver & spleen, such chronic diseases with yoga ayurveda oil massage, siddha”
  1.  

Modern Homeopathy Research & Treatment Center- Modern Homeopathy Kidney & Cancer Cure Clinic:

  • Cured Many Thousands of Patients with Different Types of Cancer
  1.  

Vilayati Dawakhana

  • Remove Weakness of Nerves, Small Organ, Thinness with Miraculous Strip
  • Consult for Full Strength
  • Successful Treatment of Nightfall, Premature Ejaculation, Low or Nil Sperm Count
  1.  

Shri Vishwadatta Ayurvediy Chikitsalay Panchkarma and Research Center

  • Guaranteed experienced natural medicinal treatment to increase height for age group two to 24 years
  1.  

Shri Sai Anand Ayurvedic Panchakarma chikitsalay

  • Dr Manoj Manichand Kocheta has been successfully treating patients suffering from liver, kidney, Thyroid and Skin diseases with Ayurvedic medicines for the past 15 years and have cured many of them of the same
  • 100% riddance from tablets for thyroid
  1.  

Yog Hari Clinic

  • Freedom from obesity without diet
  1.  

Param Hospital

  • White Spots… Are Surely Removed…Quickly!
  1.  

Sahansha Gold

  • For vigour and masculine strength
  • Safe for Happy married life,
  • Only for Men
  1.  

Mukim Ayurvedic Sadan

  • Beneficial for physical and sexual weakness
  1.  

Meenakshi Herbals/ D Rakshak Powder

  • Freedom from the side effects of diabetes and insulin
  1.  

Meenakshi Herbals/ Asthonil Syrup

  • Freedom from asthma
  1.  

Aevas Eximecs

  • Permanent relief from white patches
  1.  

Ayurwin Pharma Pvt Ltd/ CountOwin

  • Extra Power to Men
  • For a Happy & Healthy Sexual Life
  1.  

Nice Roshan Eye Drop

  • Get rid of specs and early cataract
  1.  

Rapid Healthcare Range of Products/Nayan Care Eye Capsule

  • Reduce Eye Number without Laser treatment and surgery using Ayurvedic Medicine only
  1.  

All Heal Medical Pvt Ltd

  • Cure all diseases without medicine and without operation – Kidney Stone, Weight loss, Heart disease, Paralysis, Asthma, Arthritis

Personal Care
 

  1. Johnson & Johnson Private Limited (Stayfree Secure): The print advertisement’s claim, “Absorbs 2X Faster” was misleading. The test report shows that the 2x claim is established for the test fluid as compared to the advertiser’s old product.  The TVC violated ASCI’s Guidelines for Disclaimers as well; the basis of comparison should not be stated/addressed as a footnote but be present in the claim itself or in font size at least 25% of the size of the claim and positioned immediately next to or immediately below the claim.

 

  1. Raymond Consumer Care Private Limited- Kamasutra Spark Deo Spray: The television commercial and pack artwork claim “No 1 Deo Nationwide” was considered misleading to mention the category and source of the claim. The on-pack disclaimer ‘KS Spark is India’s No.1 selling variant as per a leading research audit firm’ did not mention that the data pertains to aerosol deos “for men” – which is as per the data provided by the advertiser. The source of the data i.e. the name of the audit firm, was also not disclosed. The advertisements violated the ASCI Guidelines for Disclaimers.

 

  1. Hindustan Unilever Ltd (Dove Cream Bathing Bar): The television advertisement’s claim “No.1 Dermatologist Recommended” was not qualified to mention the source and date of research. As per the ASCI Code, “where advertising claims are expressly stated to be based on or supported by independent research, the source and date of this should be indicated in the advertisement”.

 

  1. Rajkala Cosmetics (Ranas Aroma): The television advertisement’s claim “Get rid of blackness & attain fairness”, was not substantiated with product efficacy data or robust clinical study to demonstrate whitening efficacy and is misleading by exaggeration as the claim implies that the product cures  under eye dark circles.

 

  1. Jayadurga Homecare Products Pvt. Ltd (Smile Plus Neem Gold Sanitizer): The television advertisement’s claim “No.1” floor sanitizer in Odisha was not substantiated with comparative data of the advertiser’s product and other floor sanitizer brands, such as market research survey or third-party validation to prove that it is in leadership position (No.1) than the rest in terms of value or volume share.

 

  1. Goree Cosmetics – (Goree Beauty Cream with Lycopene): The print advertisement’s claim, “SPF 30” was not substantiated. The advertiser did not provide any product specific information such as copy of product approval license, product label, and Product composition details nor any scientific or technical rationale for the product claim. Additionally, there no evidence provided of the presence of ingredients responsible for the claimed Sun Protection Factor (SPF) value nor any technical test reports / third party reports on the test results for the SPF factor.

Food and Beverage

  1. Cargill India Pvt. Ltd (Nature Fresh Acti Heart): The television advertisements’ claim, “Your old heart oil cannot fight against heart problems, Switch to Nature Fresh Acti Heart that takes complete care of your heart” was misleading. The advertisement asserts that “your old heart oil cannot fight against heart problems”, however the advertiser did not provide any data to establish that the competitor oil blends in the market have no beneficial effect on heart health nor did they provide any comparative data of their product and other cold press oils or refined oil blends in India, to prove that their product is better at fighting against heart problems. The advertisement disparages the entire category of blended edible oils and particularly those that have taken “Heart health” positioning. For the references made to blood pressure and heart problems in the advertisement, it was depicted that even healthy people having heart issues and implied that the issues would be resolved if consumers switch to Nature Fresh Acti Heart - the claim seemed likely to scare the consumers into buying the product. Additionally, the claim was not in line with FSSAI’s “Nutrient function claims” permitted for Rice Bran oil. The voice over claiming that the product “takes complete care of your heart” is contradictory to the disclaimer that references that the product “helps” in taking care of the heart; the disclaimers were also not legible and in violation the ASCI Guidelines for Disclaimers.

 

  1. Wrap It Up: The print advertisement’s claim, “World's Most Favourite Wraps”, was not substantiated with any verifiable comparative data or any market survey data of the advertiser’s brand of wraps and other similar wrap brands worldwide, to prove that their wraps are more preferred or favored brand, or through a third-party validation.

Others

The CCC found that the claims in the following nine advertisements were misleading and exploited consumers’ lack of knowledge which could lead to widespread disappointment in the minds of consumers.

 

  1. Arvind Limited (Wrangler Inficool Apparel): The television advertisement’s claims “Gives Greater Breathability” and “Fast Drying” were inadequately substantiated. The advertiser did not have complete claim support data available with them prior to making the claims, hence in the absence of data the claim is misleading.

 

  1. Madura Fashion & Lifestyle (Van Heusen Anti-Bacterial Innerwear): The print advertisement’s claim “For non-stop freshness” and “The Anti-Bacterial Innerwear”, were inadequately substantiated. It was observed that the amount of Silver Coating was not mentioned for any of the fabrics. For all the fabrics, the test was done at 0 wash and 20 washes. However, there was concern regarding the residual efficacy of the active ingredient in real life situation post multiple wash cycles with the use of solutions containing oxidizers such as hypochlorides or Detergents. The claim of "non-stop freshness" requires taking into account the impact of combination of malodorous compounds produced by microorganisms along with sweat. This effect is required to be demonstrated for the product during the period of use (over several hours) and over a period of several weeks post multiple wash cycles. The claims were inadequately substantiated misleading by exaggeration and implication.

 

  1. Lenskart.com – Lenskart Air: The print advertisement’s claim, “The World's Lightest Eyeglasses”, was not substantiated with verifiable worldwide comparative data of the advertiser’s product (Lenskart) versus other Eyeglasses / spectacles brands, globally to prove that the advertiser’s eyeglasses are lighter than all the rest, or through a third-party validation.

 

  1. Kamakart.Com: The advertisement’s claim “India's #1 Exclusive Store for sexual wellness”, was not substantiated with verifiable comparative data of the advertiser and other similar online stores for sexual wellness products, to prove that they are in leadership position (No.1) for selling sexual wellness products online, or through an independent third party validation.

 

  1. Kedia Real Estate LLP - KEDIA’Z Corporate Club: The print advertisement’s claim, “Rajasthan's No.1 Trusted Real Estate Brand”, was not substantiated with verifiable comparative data of the advertiser and other Real Estate brands in Rajasthan, to prove that they are in leadership position (No.1) than all the rest in housing sector, or through an independent third party validation.

 

  1. Star Coating Industries (Standard Solar Water Heater): The print advertisement’s claim, “India’s No.1 Company”, was not substantiated with verifiable comparative data of the advertiser and other competitor advertisers of solar water heaters, to prove that they are in leadership position (No.1) than all the rest, or through an independent third party validation.

 

  1. DiponEd BioIntelligence LLP – Unica Mosquito Repellent: The television advertisement’s claim, “Freedom from Dengue” was inadequately substantiated and is misleading. The advertiser submitted independent third party test reports for repellency validation. There were no tests provided relating to efficacy against dengue nor did the test report state that the submitted lab test was against the aedes aegptyi (mosquitoes). Additionally, it was noted that the product has a repellency of 97% and not 100%, which is necessary to hold a claim of “Freedom”.

 

  1. Shri Pariyur Amman Kraft Papers Pvt Ltd (SPAK Paper): The print advertisement’s claim “India's No.1 Recycled Paper brand” was misleading. The information provided by the advertisers only had assertions about their product being 100% purely recycled. There was no verifiable data provided to prove that they are the market leaders in terms of either value share or volume share as compared to other recycled paper manufacturers in India.

 

  1. Vaaidehi Developers (Vaaidehi Premium Affordable Housing): The print advertisement’s claim “Rajasthan's No.1 Affordable Housing Project” was misleading. The information provided by the advertisers only had assertions about their housing project.  The advertiser did not provide any verifiable comparative data of the advertiser’s housing project and other housing projects in Rajasthan, to prove that they are in leadership position (No.1) for providing affordable housing or through an independent third party validation.

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