A factory was raided after a tip was received from the police that it manufactured spices made of “donkey dung and acid.”
In Agra, India, home of the Taj Mahal, cops broke up the factory to produce the fake spices using fabricated ingredients.
Police officers discovered fake red chilli powder, cilantro powder, turmeric and garam masala (mixed spices) under local brand names on Monday.
“According to the city’s joint magistrate Prem Prakash Meena, authorities seized over 300 kg of substances including “donkey dung, hay, unedible colors and drums full of acid.
Owner Anoop Varshney was arrested by police and about 27 samples have been sent off for investigation.
Mr. Meena said that after lab reports are issued, a First Information Report will be registered under the Food Safety & Standards Act 2006.
Varshney is currently in judicial detention to prevent cognizable crimes from being committed (more serious).
Mr. Meena disclosed to the Times of India that Varshney was unable to provide a license to operate the spice factory at that venue.
He said: “He was also unable to produce licenses for the brands that were being packaged.”
In order to verify whether the spices were sold to other units in the area, an investigation is also being carried out.
Where these spices have been marketed so far and if they pose any significant health problems for those who may have eaten them, will also be evaluated.
Food adulteration is a common problem in India, and police have busted other factories making counterfeit goods in the past.