Days after an adulterated cough syrup caused the death of 40 people, a senior Pakistani official contended that an ingredient, imported from India to make the medicine, was to blame. A manufacturing association here described the claim as “ridiculous.”

Nisar Ahmad Cheema, Director General of Health of Punjab province, told reporters that dextromethorphan — an active ingredient imported from India — was found to be responsible for the cough syrup-related deaths here and in Gujranwala districts.

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