Vikash Sharma

Cuttack: Continuing with its crackdown on adulterated food processing units, the Commissionerate Police on Monday busted a factory engaged in the manufacturing of spurious ghee products.

The adulterated ghee manufacturing unit was busted following a raid by a team of Badambadi police and health officials of Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC).

Huge quantities of labels of registered companies and raw materials used in manufacturing the adulterated ghee were seized from the spot. Sources said huge stock of ghee stored in seven to eight rooms has also been seized.

A senior official of Badambadi police station said that the owner of the unit has been detained and further investigation in connection with the incident is underway.

CMC officials said that the products that have been seized from the spot did not have any manufacturing and expiry date mentioned on it. “We are verifying whether the unit had any licence or not. Appropriate action will be taken in case of any violation,” said health official of CMC.

It is pertinent to mention here that despite crackdown by Commissionerate Police, several units engaged in manufacturing of fake or adulterated food products are mushrooming in the silver city.

On December 19, the Commissionerate Police had busted a factory engaged in adulteration of soya chunks at Jagatpur Industrial Estate. Huge quantity of rotten rice powder and chemical fertilizers used in the manufacturing of the spurious soya chunks were seized from the unit.

On November 29, Commissionerate Police had busted a unit which allegedly manufactured adulterated ghee by blending certain oils, soluble powder and various chemicals at Sriram Bazaar are in Bayalis Mauja in Cuttack.

On November 26, a fake ghee and edible oil manufacturing unit was busted at Gabagasta under Sadar police limits in Cuttack.

Over 16 illegal units engaged in the manufacturing of fake food products have been busted in the last two months. Goods and property worth Rs 4,40,10,000 were seized from the illegal units operating from various places in the city, police said.

(Edited By Ramakant Biswas)