Police have found a fake spice factory in Hathras, Uttar Pradesh. In this factory, spices were prepared by mixing donkey dung, acid and straw. Anoop Varshney, owner of this factory operating in Navipur area, has been arrested. He is the Mandal cum in-charge of the Hindu Yuva Vahini, an organization formed in 2002 by CM Yogi Adityanath.
Joint Magistrate Prem Prakash Meena said that 300 kg of spices were seized from the factory. The local brand name was written on the packets of these spices. During the raids, many such items have been found with which spices were prepared. Donkey dung, acid, sawdust and harmful dyes were used in spices. Many drums have been found filled with acid by chance.
27 samples sent for investigation
Officials said that the adulterated spices found are coriander powder, red chilli powder, turmeric, garam masala. Besides seizing all the spices, the team has sent 27 samples and sent them to the lab for testing. After the report, a case has been registered against the factory operator under the Food Safety and Standards Act 2006.
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Factory did not have license
Police said that Anoop Varshney has been arrested under section 151 of CrPC. He is jailed by the police in judicial custody. Officials said that it is not allowed to run the factory at the location where Anoop was running. He was trying to get a license but the administration had not given him a license for not meeting the standard.
There was no registration of brand name either
Anoop also did not have any license for the brand, under which name he packed and sold spices. It is now being investigated that in which cities he used to supply these spice brands.