The Hush Post: Quintals of spurious cottage cheese or paneer, 130 packets (33 quintal) of skimmed milk powder and 120 litres of sulphuric acid, among other chemicals and dairy ingredients were seized from a manufacturing unit in Mohali by the Health Department. The owner of the unit Ashok Kumar has been arrested.
Powders or chemicals reportedly used to make the cheese have been recovered. Health officials are yet to get them analysed. The seizure included 20.6 quintals of spurious paneer, 89 kg butter, ghee and 10 kg milk cream with 3,375 kg skimmed milk and 120 litres of sulphuric acid. In one of the rooms adjacent to the building, the team found 130 bags of unbranded powdered skimmed milk, each bag weighed 25 kg.
The owner failed to produce the licence required for making dairy products. He was given 15 days to get the required licence. The team also lifted five samples of milk, cheese, ghee, butter and curd for testing which will be tested and reports received in three weeks. The unit where the dairy products were made, was also found to be unhygienic.
A team headed by district health officer raided the premises at around 3 am and recovered spurious cheese and other dairy products, a department official told a national daily.
A case was registered at the Balongi police station on a complaint made by the food safety Department. The Progressive Dairy Farmers’ Association had filed a complaint following which the officials raided the place.
The accused closed down his business in Badmajra in Mohali and started operating from Ballomajra two years back. He used to supply dairy products to restaurants and dhabas in Panchkula, Pinjore, Kalka and Rajpura, besides some local colonies.
If found guilty of selling spurious products, the owner will face criminal proceedings, including seven years in jail, apart from being tried in the court of the additional deputy commissioner.