Vendor arrested for milk adulteration and tampering with dairy brands in Juhu
A day ahead of Anant Charurtdashi, last day of the Ganesh festival, when milk is in high demand, the Juhu police along with Food & Drugs Administration (FDA) seized 120 litres of milk and arrested a vendor for tampering with the packaging of famous dairy brands.
According to the Juhu police, a citizen alerted and informed them about adulterated milk being sold near Irla Junction at Juhu in Vile Parle west. The Juhu police and food inspector Ananya Rege reached the spot at 7.30 on Wednesday. The accused milk vendor, Giri Kandikatala, 45,was arrested.
Giri allegedly tampered with the milk bags at his home in Kapaswadi and Shivaji Nagar on Versova link.
The 120 litres of adulterated milk has been destroyed under supervision of Rege after samples were taken from them. The machinery and tools used for tampering and resealing milk bags have been seized.
“As milk has a high demand for making sweets and also for preparing prasad, some vendors adulterate it with water to make more money,” said a police official.
An FIR has been registered under relevant sections of the Indian Penal code, Food Safety and Standards Act 2006 and Food Safety and Standards Regulation (FSSR) 2011.