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Adulterated Spices Manufacturing Unit Busted In Cuttack Again

Cuttack: Despite slew of crackdowns over the past few months, putting a lease on food adulteration practice has turned as a major challenge for the police of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar Twin Cities.

The Commissionerate Police on Saturday busted yet another such factory allegedly manufacturing adulterated spices like turmeric and chilli powder.

The duplicate spices processing unit was unearthed at Bhadimula area under Chauliaganj police limits.

“The Inspector-in-charge of Chauliaganj had information that an adulterating turmeric and chilli powder processing unit was operating at Bhadimula village. Subsequently a raid was conducted on the unit today,” said Zone 1 ACP, Amarendra Panda.

Panda said that several chemicals, raw materials and labels of various companies were seized during the raid.

“As per the officials of Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC), several chemicals used in the production of the spices are cancer-inducing. The trade licence of the company had expired since March 2019 and the company also lacked necessary authorization from the food safety of India,” Panda said adding that one person has been detained in connection with the incident.

However, the owner of the factory refuted allegations of any wrong doings. “The chemical used in the spice processing is a permitted food colour and we do not know why the police raided our premises,” he said.

City Health Officer, Satyabrat Mohapatra said, “We are conducting raids at different parts of the city whenever we get information regarding operation of such fake manufacturing units.”

Mohapatra said that the chemical used in the factory for spice processing is spurious and causes liver cancer. We will send the samples for tests and take appropriate steps accordingly,” he added.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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