Ghaziabad Mill Mixing Industrial Dye To Spices Busted, Roadside Eateries On Radar

In Ghaziabad's Modinagar, a raid was conducted at a mill grinding spices without licence on Thursday. The officials said they found packets of the colours that had clear warnings of “for industrial use only” and “poisonous”. The officials recovered around 200kg of turmeric and 150kg of red chilli powder from the premises of Annapurna Flour Mill.
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Ghaziabad Mill Mixing Synthetic Colours To Spices Busted, Roadside Eateries On Radar (Representative Image)

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Ghaziabad: A random raid was conducted at a mill grinding spices without licence in Modinagar area of Ghaziabad on Thursday. It revealed that the mill workers were allegedly using industrial colours, which are used to dye clothes. They were caught mixing the colours with turmeric and chilli powder to make them appear brighter. The officials said they found packets of the colours that had clear warnings of “for industrial use only” and “poisonous”. The officials recovered around 200kg of turmeric and 150kg of red chilli powder from the premises of Annapurna Flour Mill.
Businessman Ashok Garg owns the mill. The officials were yet to lodge any complaint against him till late on Friday evening. Meera Singh, the food safety officer said when they took the spices in their hands, they could feel the “extra gritty texture” between their fingers. She said, “They do not even allow food colour in spices because they have their own colour. However, using synthetic colours is a serious offence as they are only for industrial use. They can be toxic,” quoted a media report.

Roadside Eateries On Radar

It should be noted that the spices manufactured at Annapurna mill were not sold under any brand name. Instead of that, the species manufactured at the mill were supplied to the wholesale market. As per the officails, its primary consumers were small dhabas and roadside eateries. A total of 3.5 quintals of spices were recovered from the mill, said Times of India.
After the revelations of the use of synthetic substances, the roadside eateries in the nearby area of the mill have come on radar. The officials said they will run an inspection to find if these eateries used the same species to feed their customers. They said eateries often use such spices as only a small amount of it is needed to prepare any dish.

Licence For Manufacturing Flour, Not Spices

Singh said the sample will be sent to Lucknow for testing, adding that a legal action will be taken if the spices are found to be adulterated. It was also revealed that the Annapurna mill is permitted to manufacture flour, and not for grinding spices in bulk.
Singh said the mill was being operated in two-three rooms. The officials suspected that the mill’s owner might have hidden other stock as he might have been tipped off regarding the raid.
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