Bidis are first tobacco product banned by FDA using new powers
For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration used its powers to stop a manufacturer from selling and distributing a tobacco product on Friday.
Sutra Bidis Red, Sutra Bidis Menthol, Sutra Bidis Red Cone, and Sutra Bidis Menthol Cone -- which are manufactured by Jash International -- were found to be “not substantially equivalent” to tobacco products that had been previously sold as of Feb. 15, 2007. The term designates items that may cause additional health harms compared to approved products.
These four tobacco products will no longer be allowed to be sold or imported into the U.S. Any products that are already in the U.S. can be subjected to law enforcement action, including seizure. Establishments that continue to sell these items could be in violation of the law.