MeraNews Network, Jamnagar: In what could be one of the biggest raids at sweets manufacturing units in the state, the local crime branch along with a food and drugs team seized over three thousand kilos of Mawa, Thabdi, and Barfi that were allegedly being made with adulterated products from a factory near Jamnagar on Tuesday night. With just days remaining for Diwali, the health department has increased its inspections at places where sweets and other food products are made for the festivals.
A local crime branch team, who had received information about food adulteration, had conducted a raid at a factory named Shri Dairy Products on plot number 30 of Hapa GIDC in Jamnagar, where they found workers preparing Mawa using palm olein oil and milk powder, which would be further used to make sweets to be packaged and sold in retail shops.
The food and rugs department was then informed of the same and a team from the department collected samples of the sweets and other items, which will be sent to a testing laboratory in Vadodara. The factory operator was charged under relevant sections for adulteration a putting lives of consumers in danger.
It is believed that this could be just a tip of the iceberg as adulteration in the sweets manufacturing industry has been rampant for a very long time, with officials allegedly turning a blind eye towards it.