Factory selling fake spices ‘made out of donkey dung and acid’ raided by cops

A factory has been raided after police received a tip off it was producing spices made out of "donkey dung and acid."

Cops busted the factory for making the fake spices using bogus ingredients in Agra, India – the home of the Taj Mahal.

On Monday, police officers found fake red chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric and garam masala (mixed spices) labelled under local brand names.

Authorities seized over 300kg of the substances which included “donkey dung, hay, inedible colours and drums full of acid,” according to the city’s joint magistrate Prem Prakash Meena.

Police arrested owner Anoop Varshney and around 27 samples have been sent off for investigation.

Mr Meena said a First Information Report will be registered under the Food Safety & Standards Act 2006 after lab reports are received.

Varshney is now in judicial custody to prevent the commission of cognizable offences (more serious).

Speaking to Times of India, Mr Meena disclosed Varshney was unable to provide a licence to operate the spice factory at the location.

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He said: “He also could not produce the licence of the brands, which were being packed."

An investigation is also being conducted to check whether the spices were sold to other units in the city.

It will also be assessed where these spices have been sold so far and if they cause any serious health hazards for those who may have consumed them.

Food adulteration in India is a common problem, and other factories producing counterfeit products have been busted by police in the past.

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Last month, a factory was raided in the southern city of Cuttack where adulterated spices, like turmeric and chilli powder, were being produced.

Last week authorities seized fake ghee at a manufacturing unit at the Jagatpur Industrial Estate.

Back in November, authorities seized adulterated red chilli powder besides, turmeric, coriander and cumin powder in Malgodown, reports New Indian Express.

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