UP factory making fake spices using donkey dung, ‘bhusa’ & acids busted in Hathras

UP factory making fake spices using donkey dung, 'bhusa' & acids busted in Hathras
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Adulteration of food is a major problem in India, something which endangers public health seriously. In one such major adulteration bust, on Monday night, Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras police have unearthed a manufacturing unit that adulterated spices of local brands using spurious ingredients including donkey dung, acids and hay (bhusa) and more than 300 kg of counterfeit spices. Also Read: Fake doctor arrested for treating covid19 patients in Hyderabad

The factory owner identified as Anoop Varshney has been arrested and the factory located in Navipur area has now been sealed, Times of India reported. Also Read: Fake PUBG Mobile Indian version trailer circulating on WhatsApp, features new Emotes, Costumes, and Skin

During the raid, in his factory, the police found many spices like red chilli powder, coriander powder, spice mix (garam masala) and turmeric, were being adulterated with fake ingredients like donkey dung, inedible colours that are even dangerous to health.

Police have sent 27 samples of the spices from the factory to the laboratories for testing. Meanwhile, Varshney has now been remanded to judicial custody under section 151 of the CrPC (arrest to prevent the commission of cognizable offences), joint magistrate Prem Prakash Meena told TOI. A case will be filed under the Food Safety and Standards Act if test results are confirmed, Meena added. Also Read: IIT BHU prepared special ink, which can easily identify fake currency notes and marksheets

Joint magistrate Prem Prakash Meena said, “We have seized over 300 kg of fake spices being packed in names of some local brands.” Meena told reporters that Varshney was unable to provide a license for operating the spice factory at the location where it was being run. He also could not produce the license of the brands, which were being packed. Also Read: Odisha man tries to sell fake COVID-19 vaccine, arrested

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