Mumbai, May 12 (UNI) The food security officers of the Maharashtra Food and Drugs Administration on Saturday seized recycled and adulterated edible oil worth over Rs 2 lakh from an oil trading company located at Saki Naka area of a city suburb during a raid and detained its owner for interrogation.
The officers seized the oil weighing 3,566.8 kg, worth Rs 2,30,342 and registered an offence against trader, Nitin Bhanushali, on charges of allegedly collecting the used and leftover oil from eateries and hotels, and recycling it.
The accused used to collect the used oil from small eateries and hotels, mix it with rice bran oil and repack it in used tins. He would sell it at much lower prices to attract gullible buyers, who used to find the price very attractive.
The matter had reached the FDA when one of the purchasers found that the oil had an unusual smell and its consumption caused sore throat.
The raid was conducted by food security officers, R S Takate, M R Ghosalwad, D R Shinde, S R Adhav and R D Solanke, under the direction of assistant commissioner Mangesh Mane and joint commissioner Shaiilesh Adhav.