Ramakanta Biswas

Cuttack: Despite repeated crackdowns, the Silver City of Cuttack continues to face food adulteration menace with another such illegal unit coming to light from the Jagatpur industrial estate in the city on Saturday.

The factory engaged in adulteration of soya chunks was busted during a joint raid by the Commissionerate Police. Huge quantity of rotten rice powder and chemical fertilizers used in the manufacturing of the spurious soya chunks were seized from the unit.

Two persons involved in the adulteration of the food item were detained during the raid carried out by the IICs of Malgodown, Jagatpur, ACP (Zone-1) and officials of Cuttack Municipal Corporation’s (CMC) health wing.

Sharing details about the adulteration unit, Malgodown IIC said, “The factory was supplying soya chunks of Mehak and Kaka brands to the market. After verification, we learnt that the product was adulterated. They were producing soya chunks with rotten rice powder and chemicals like Ammonium Carbonate which can cause serious health hazards in the consumers.”

Police said the unit was operating for the last four to five years and its owner lacked licence for food processing, packaging and ISO certificate.

“We learnt from reliable sources that the production unit named RM Mills in Jagatpur Industrial Estate was producing adulterated soya chunks. Following the direction of DCP, a joint raid was conducted by Jagatpur, Malgodown and ACP," said Jagatpur IIC.

"They were supplying the product in Malgodown area and other nearby districts. We are trying to trace other areas where the products were being supplied," he added.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)