The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cracked down on a racket that was involved in making duplicate soaps of popular brands using wrappers that the soap companies discarded.
While two have been arrested during separate raids in Ghatkopar and Sakinaka last week, the police are looking for more persons involved in the offence . Acting on tip off, FDA, along with Ghatkopar police, raided a small shop of accused Shantilal Shah at Jivdaya lane. “During the raid, our officers found wrappers of Dettol soap used for covering an orange soap which was a fake,” said Harish Baijal, joint commissioner (vigilance) of FDA . “You order the brand, and they will prepare it for you.”
FDA also found out that Shah and his workers prepared duplicate Lux soaps as well.
“Wrappers that get damaged because of slight abrasions or variations in the colour combination during printing are discarded and sold as scraps. Scrap dealers then re-route these to manufacturers involved in duplicating soaps,” said Baijal. He added that the FDA had written to the soap companies about this lacunae. “The companies should destroy the wrappers to avoid this,” he said.
In Sakinaka, a small manufacturing unit owned by Mohamed Khan, manufactured soaps which looked like Dettol soaps. FDA suspect that Shah used to buy these soaps and pack them in the discarded wrappers.
The FDA is looking out for persons involved in the distribution network of this racket. “No hygiene conditions were maintained. We have sent the samples to the laboratory to ascertain if they are harmful,” said Baijal.