FDA seizes illegal gutkha, kharra and pan masala worth Rs 5 lakh
NAGPUR: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted a one-day drive on Friday from 9 am and seized banned kharra, gutkha and pan masala costing Rs4,98,535. The drive was conducted by food safety officers and inspectors in nine teams with total 23 officials on the job.
Interestingly, the drive was conducted under the guidance of FDA commissioner from Mumbai Harshdeep Kamble, who is in city for some official work. Kharra, gutkha, scented tobacco and pan masala have been banned in Maharashtra since July 20 2015.
The teams conducted simultaneous raids at ST bus stand, Baidyanath Square, Santra Market, Cotton Market, Railway Station, Khamla, Ajni Square, Orange City Hospital premises, Swamlambi Nagar at 65 pan stalls. Twenty-five of these were found to be selling banned products.
Joint FDA Commissioner (Food) Shivaji Desai, Nagpur division led the drive.