Hyderabad: Continuing its crackdown on adulterated food, the Central Zone Task Force on Saturday raided a ginger-garlic paste manufacturing unit at Bazaar Ghat, Nampally and arrested two persons on charges of making adulterated products. About four quintals of adulterated paste, 25 litres acid and chemicals were seized.
The arrested suspects are Shameem Akthar, 47, trader and a resident of Vijayanagar Colony, Asifnagar and Mohammed Noman alias Imran, 32, trader and a resident of Mini Bushan Colony, Shaikpet.
According to the Task Force, following an alert, officials raided the unhygienic manufacturing unit named S.I. Products and arrested the suspects. Shameem Akthar was running the unit where he was manufacturing the adulterated paste with various brand names.
“He purchased substandard ginger and garlic and was found adding bathroom cleaning acids and harmful colors to the paste,” a senior Task Force official said.
Police said Shameem was also marketing the adulterated paste through five salespersons to places including Malakpet, Saidabad and Secunderabad. He also sent the stuff to Bengaluru and Chennai through private buses. He sold them for Rs.60 a kilo and Rs.250 per five kilo jar. Imran was his main salesperson.
Shameem had no valid license for preparing the ginger-garlic paste from the concerned food safety authorities. Both of them along with the seized material were handed over to the Nampally police station for further investigation.