Chemicals, palm oil used to make ‘desi’ ghee in Amritsar; 13,000 kg spurious ghee seized

In a raid in Model Town area in Amritsar late on Monday, the health department team busted a factory making spurious ghee. They seized 5,000 kg palm oil, 1,650 kg spurious butter, chemicals and one lakh packets of spurious desi ghee from the spot. In another raid of the same factory owner in Tarn Taran, the cops seized 13,000 kg spurious ghee.

Samples of all the contents have been taken and sent to the state laboratory for analysis. The raid was conducted with the support of local police and the premise has been sealed. Police have booked Kulbir Singh, son of Yuvraj Singh, under relevant sections of IPC.

District health officer Dr Lakhbir Singh Bhagoliwalia said that he had received the information that spurious ghee was being manufactured at a factory in Chhehrta. The spurious ghee was being packaged under the brand name of Dairy Shine desi ghee with Agmark printed on the label. The team also sealed 200 litre BR which is used to colour ghee.

Company made extraordinary profits

On the basis of information received, the team also raided Angad Milk Foods Pvt Ltd at Panjwad in Tarn Taran on Tuesday. Officials seized 13,000 kg ghee stored there. Chief food commissioner Kahan Singh Pannu said both the factories belong to the same firm. Experts said the cost of making one kg spurious ghee is less than Rs 100 and it is sold at the rate of Rs 400 per kg.

Use of prohibited chemicals

Prohibited chemicals are used to prepare spurious ghee. Palm oil is used to manufacture cream, soap candle etc. Chemicals are used to give it ghee like smell and colour.