FDA team caught a milk vendor, while he was mixing water in milk packets.
Mumbai: The Thane unit of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) busted a milk adulteration racket that was operating from a highrise in the Srushti area of Kashimira in the early hours of Wednesday.
Acting on a tip-off, a FDA team led by three FSOs swooped down on the ninth floor apartment in the MHADA area and caught a door-to-door milk vendor, identified as Machgiri Kaambla, while he was allegedly mixing water in milk packets using a syringe.
According to FDA officials, the accused would buy branded milk from distributors and then remove about 100 to 200 ml of milk from each packet and refill it with tap water before sealing it using hot wax. Apart from empty pouches of reputed
brands, syringes and other sealing material, the FDA team seized a total of 130 milk packets of one litre each, which were being adulterated at the time of raid.
“A case under the regulations of the Food Safety and Standards Act,(FSSA) 2006, and relevant sections of the IPC has been registered against the accused at the Kashimira police station." said FSO Manek Jadhav, adding that the samples of the adulterated milk had been sent for lab testing.