FDA Halts Sale of Four Tobacco Products

Retailers must remove four tobacco products made by Jash International from store shelves after the Food and Drug Administration ordered a halt in their sale and distribution.

The products include Sutra Bidis Red, Sutra Bidis Menthol, Sutra Bidis Red Cone, and Sutra Bidis Menthol Cone. Bidis are thin, hand-rolled cigarettes filled with tobacco and wrapped in leaves from a tendu tree that are tied with a string.

Retailers must remove existing inventory as these products can no longer be legally imported or sold in the U.S. Existing inventories may be subject to enforcement action, including seizure. 

Retailers are encouraged to contact their suppliers or the manufacturer to determine options for handling current inventory. The FDA said it would wait 30 days before taking enforcement action on existing inventories.

The FDA said Jash International did not meet the requirements of the Tobacco Control Act to be able to continue selling the products.   

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Tiffany Wlazlowski Neuman develops and executes communications strategies to advance NATSO’s public relations and advocacy goals. Tiffany also develops and oversees partnerships related to the NATSO Foundation’s public outreach initiatives. Tiffany lives in the D.C. metro area with her husband and their two sons.More
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