A drugstore chain is struggling to keep up with the increasing popularity of detergent in India.
In March this year, the brandy brand of Alipay was recalled after the government in the state of Gujarat announced a ban on the substance.
The ban came in the wake of a spate of deaths linked to the drug, including that of a 13-year-old girl who died of a heart attack.
The Alipai brandy, which was released in January this year and was one of the best sellers in the store, was widely available in the US.
The brandy was recalled when it was found that the product contained sodium benzoate, a known neurotoxin, and was also linked to a rise in liver toxicity and other ailments in the company’s factories.
Alipay had reportedly been importing this substance for about two years.
The company also recalled its other detergents.
Alibaba’s brandy is sold in the United States, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Asia.
Alipao said the brandys use of sodium benzos was “a common practice in the global supply chain.”
The company said the recall was related to the presence of benzoic acid in the formulation of its detergent and to other products that were used.
The Alipa brandy will be replaced with a different brand.