Yuck! UP Factory Busted for making fake spices using acid, donkey dung and
Needless to say, food adulteration is a major problem in India, seriously endangering public health. In one of these large forgery cases, police in Hathras, Uttar Pradesh unearthed a spice manufacturing unit that made fake and counterfeit local brand spices using donkey dung, hay and acid. Read also – Fake call center deceiving US nationals arrested in Gurugram, 2 arrested
The case came to light on Monday when Hathras police raided a factory after receiving a whistleblower and found more than 300kg of counterfeit spices. Factory owner Anoop Varshney has been arrested and the factory itself has now been sealed, The Times of India reported.
At the factory, many spices like red chilli powder, garam masala, coriander powder, turmeric were found, however, all of these spices were made with fake ingredients like donkey dung, dyes artificial inedible and even dangerous for health.
No less than 27 samples from the plant have been sent to laboratories for testing and a complaint will be filed against the owner under the Food Safety Act and Standards if the test results are confirmed.
Joint Magistrate Prem Prakash Meena said, “We have seized over 300kg of fake spices packaged in the name of some local brands.” Meena also said Varshney was unable to provide a license to operate the spice factory at the location where it was operated. He also could not license the brands that were packaged.
Varshney has now been remanded in custody under Article 151 of the CrPC (arrest to prevent the commission of identifiable offenses).
According to food department officials, adulterants in spices prove to be a health hazard if consumed over a long period of time.
Recently, an investigation by the Center for Science and Environment (CSE) revealed rampant adulteration in honey sold by major Indian brands such as Dabur, Patanjali and Emami. The CSE investigation also found that many of these honey companies import synthetic sugar syrups from China to adulterate honey.