Adulterators cop out

Published: Nov 05, 2010, 08:37 IST | Salil Urunkar |

Fearing crackdown, inter-state gangs supplying impure khoya for festive season get scarce

Fearing crackdown, inter-state gangs supplying impure khoya for festive season get scarce

Imter-State gangs bringing in adulterated milk products into the city have chickened out after Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) officials cracked down on their networks.

Celebreat! Enjoy the yummy sweets as adulterators lie low, thanks to FDA.

The FDA had seized 9,000 kilograms of adulterated khoya from a cold storage room in Chakan and also 2,800 kg of khoya which was being transported to the city from Ahmedabad and Indore. The demand for khoya and other mithais had gone done drastically, as people feared the products were adulterated.

MiD DAY had reported on Tuesday how the specialised act and the Indian Penal Code sections can be pressed to try these racketeers for criminal offences, a combination that proves much more effective in dealing with organised adulteration gangs, especially the big, inter-state ones.

Travel firms booked
While expressing satisfaction over his department's action, Commissioner of FDA Mohan Kembalkar said, "We have registered FIR's against the managers of two travel companies for transporting adulterated khoya. Huge amount of adulterated khoya was being brought in from outside states. Their modus operandi was to bring the adulterated products through private luxury buses from cities like Indore and Ahmedabad and then sell it in the city. But after the raids conducted by FDA, the gangs have surely received a setback."

 "Surprise checks are being carried out by our officials on private buses coming from other cities. This has forced the adulterators to back out from their 'business'," Kembalkar said. 

Licence to sell
"Before buying any product the mithai shopkeepers and also buyers should ask for the licence issued to the khoya sellers. A receipt should also be demanded from them, which will make them more accountable to the product they are selling," Kembalkar said.

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