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Press Trust Of India
Aligarh, July 20, 2013
Raw materials used in manufacturing synthetic milk worth lakhs were seized in Aligarh and two persons were picked up for questioning, officials said on Saturday.

A team of Food and Drug Authority (FDA) of Uttar Pradesh on Friday seized ingredients used in manufacturing synthetic milk from two houses in Taty Gaon Road locality in Aligarh and picked up two persons for questioning, FDA chief inspector, Chandan Pandey said on Saturday.

The cost of these ingredients, which include 15 bags of dry glucose, is estimated to be Rs. 4 lakh, he said, adding that, the face value of the synthetic milk in the market would have been around Rs. 24 lakh.

This is the twelfth major raid against synthetic milk manufacturing units in this district since October 1, 2012.

The raids are being carried out as part of a drive launched by the state government against the production of highly-toxic synthetic milk in the district.

Under the drive, eight cases have been lodged against different dairies, Pandey said, adding that a fine of Rs. 8 lakh has been levied on a dairy which is one of the highest penalties ever levied for such a crime in the state.