The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) along with the Mumbai police busted a gang involved in milk adulteration in Khar and Kandivli on Friday.
The FDA seized about 998 litres of milk from both the sites. Ten persons — two from Khar and eight from Kandivli — have been arrested, said Sanjay Surve, sub-inspector, Khar police. Incidentally, the raid took place on the eve of World Milk Day that falls on June 1.
According to FDA officials, both the gangs would buy branded milk packets from distributors. They would then remove milk from the packets by piercing it in a corner. About 100-200ml of milk was removed from each packet and then the packet was refilled with water.
“The milk removed from the packets would be later mixed with water and filled in branded plastic packets. Now we are investigating from where the gang procured the fresh packets. There is a possibility that they printed the packets similar to the original branded ones or just washed used packets and refilled them,” said KV Sankhe, assistant commissioner, FDA.
About 426 litres of milk was seized from Gandhi Nagar slums in Laljipada, Kandivali from the accused Raju Yadaya, Yadgiri Mulaya and Gathaiya Papaiya, while 572 litres of milk was seized from Khard Danda in Khar west. Nasirah Yadav, Ganesh Mudida, Dhanalaxmi Raju, Ravindra Gawda, Chandrama Nalmadu, Bulmai Golgani, Sulata Budida were arrested by Khar police station.
Of the total milk seized by FDA, 14 milk samples have been sent to the laboratory for testing.