STF officials seize adulterated food items in joint raid
MEERUT: Special Task Force (STF) along with officials from Food Safety & Drugs Administration (FSDA) on Tuesday raided a factory and various shops allegedly selling adulterated items. The team seized items that were being passed off as dietary protein supplements in containers with labels of renowned companies.
The mixtures seized contained prohibited medicines and steroids. As per police reports, Uttar Pradesh STF had been receiving information about fake supplements being produced in various parts of western UP and sold to a number of health aficionados.
Anit Kumar, deputy SP, STF field unit, Meerut, said, "We got directions from IG of Uttar Pradesh, STF. On Tuesday afternoon, along with officials from FSDA, we raided the premises of ZMS Healthcare Company, located at Kharkhoda and found a large quantity of raw material used to make these fake dietary supplements. We also arrested three people Mujahid Shahid, Mohammad Salman and Zeeshan Ahmad, all residents of Lisari Gate area of Meerut."
The team also went on to two more shops- Hindustan Sports Nutrition Store and Apollo Medical Store Nutrition Point which were being run by relatives of the Kharkoda factory owners. However, the police team found the shutters down as the news of raid at the factory had alerted the shop owners. The team sealed the two shops.
The arrested trio revealed that the factory used to supply these fake supplements to a large number of UP West districts like Muzaffarnagar, Saharanpur, Bulandshahr, Noida, Ghaziabad, Hapur and even Delhi.
According to JP Singh, chief food safety officer, "Shahid has confessed that they used to mix anabolic steroids, growth hormones, etc. to boost muscular growth. All these medicines are strictly prohibited except under strict medical supervision in special cases."
According to Dr Ranji Mathew, senior consultant, medicine, "Anabolic steroids are growth hormones, strictly to be administered under the supervision of an endocrinologist and that too only in extreme cases like cancer, delayed puberty, osteoporosis, etc."
Dittos Dr Sunil Jindal, surgeon and male infertility expert, "Anabolic steroids are increasingly being used by aspiring body builders. They depend upon fitness magazines, poorly trained instructors and local chemists for doses. This leads to serious side effects like increased erectile dysfunction, oligospermia (fall in sperm count), impotency, diabetes, etc."