Poonam Singh

Bhubaneswar: In a major crackdown against adulteration of food, a special squad of police busted a spurious soft drinks manufacturing unit at Mancheswar Industrial Estate in the capital city of the State on Tuesday.

According to reports, a special squad of Odisha police raided a location in Mancheswar Industrial Estate while acting on allegations of manufacturing of cold drinks using labels of branded firms and also in the name of unregistered companies.

Police seized huge stock of adulterated soft drink bottles from the factory during the raid apart from recovering wrappers, bottles, huge quantity of raw materials and many boxes of soft drinks.

Reportedly, the soft drink manufacturing unit was operating without any license and trademarks.

The factory was selling spurious soft drink using duplicate name of famous brand in similar type of bottle packaging and logo.

“The food safety licence of the unit is being examined. Samples of the adulterated food products have been seized and sent to a laboratory for testing,” said an official.

According to sources, the adulterated soft drinks, produced in the processing unit, are circulated in various parts of the State including the local market.

“The manufacturing unit was found preparing very low quality food products in unhygienic conditions. We are examining the entire process of procurement and preparation of the soft drinks,” said a food safety official.

Notably, a week ago a similar fake soft drink manufacturing unit was busted in Berhampur under Ganjam district.

Huge cache of adulterated soft drink bottles were seized from the factory located at Sukunda village under Sadar Police limits. The police had also seized soft drink stock loaded in two mini-trucks and seven machines from the factory.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)