The food and drugs administration issued notices to two people on Tuesday after a laboratory examination revealed that they were supplying fake products of branded ghee to several parts of Indore.
About 160 kilogram ghee or clarified butter was seized from Loha Mandi area in December last year during a raid. The lab tests revealed that the product was made entirely out of vanaspati (vegetable fat) and oil instead of milk products.
Several boxes of fake ‘Sanchi’ ghee was seized from the godown of one Jitendra Agrawal, a transporter, in Loha Mandi during a joint raid by the food and drugs administration, district administration and Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) on December 1 last year. The raid, led by sub divisional magistrate Sandeep Soni, was followed by a tip-off that adulterated ghee was being supplied to parts of the city from the godown.
“The packaging was completely copied from the brand Sanchi, but the holograms revealed that there was duplication,” said Manish Swami, food inspector of food and drugs administration. He said the lab reports certified the samples to be 100% substandard, as no milk fats was found in it.
The test results were received on Saturday following which the department served notices to Agrawal and one of his employees, Swami said.
“We get to see such cases every year…Amul, Sanchi and other reputable brands are usually used by the adulterators as these have customer loyalty,” he said.
The local police are investigating he matter further as a few more individuals are expected to be involved in the trade. A fine to the tune of Rs 5 lakh each will be imposed on all the people involved in the case.