Ahead of Diwali, FSDA seizes 8,500 kg spurious ghee
AGRA: Food Safety and Drug Administration (FSDA) on Thursday seized 8500 kg ofspurious ghee from a factory in Gokul Nagar area here. Officials were amazed at the scale at which the illegal activity was going on in the factory, Shri Bihari Ji Food Industries.
FSDA designated officer Vineet Kumar said, "Agra vendors have created a new recipe for preparing ghee using vanaspati, refined soya bean oil and essence. A raid was conducted at Shri Bihari Ji Food Industries after a tip-off. Raids would intensify in coming day and several squads have been formed for this purpose."
He added that around 4000 Kg of vanaspati, 3000 litre refined soya bean oil, besides 1,525 kg of prepared ghee were seized in total. The shop is owned by one Anil Agarwal, resident Langde ki chowki.
Notably, UP chief secretary had recently informed the state government that Western UP is a hub for manufacturing adulterated food materials like synthetic milk and spurious edible oils.
Just last month, around 7500 litres of pungent-smelling adulterated cooking oil was seized by team of Food Safety and Drug Administration (FSDA) from Jagner Road, in Agra. The team of FSDA has confiscated the adulterated oil bearing the name of ‘Delight Plus Mustard Oil’ from the ‘Agra Agro Company’ and has sent the samples for the testing in laboratory.
Prior to that in August, more than 6000 liters of pungent smelling adulterated edible/cooking oil were seized. A team of nine members of FSDA had conducted a surprise raid at a private (Maa Gauri Oil) plant/godown in Barauli Ahir of Shamshabad road and found large quantity of adulterated cooking oil being dispatched to different districts such as Mathura, Firozabad, Etah, Agra and others.