Meerut: Nearly twenty days after a Special Task Force (STF) along with officials from the Food Safety & Drugs Administration (FSDA) raided a factory and sealed two shops allegedly selling adulterated items being passed off as dietary protein supplements in containers with labels of renowned companies, the FSDA team collected six samples, including 30 kg food supplement, from two shops. The two shops are owned by Jahid and Shadaab. The raid was conducted in presence of the city magistrate.
Fake food supplements
The samples have been sent to a Lucknow-based laboratory and the results are likely to be out in a month’s time. Giving information, JP Singh, chief food safety officer, said, “On February 2, we had sealed Apollo Medical Store and Hindustan Sports Nutrition Store located in Khairnagar area during a raid that was carried out against fake food supplements. Today, we collected three samples from each of the sealed shops.”
While the three samples taken from Apollo Medical Store include 17 kg of Kwik Size XXX, 13 kg of Serious Mass Weigh Gain Supplement and Carbo 8000 food supplement, the three samples from Hindustan Sports Nutrition Store are of Glucogen Ace, Nitro Mass powder and all in one Mega Amino Mass.
Production of fake food supplements
As per police reports, the Uttar Pradesh STF had been receiving information about fake supplements being produced in various parts of western UP and sold to a number of health enthusiasts. During the raid on February 2, the shops were found to be closed following which the authorities had sealed the premises. However, food samples were finally collected on Monday. Shahid, father of Jahid and Shadaab, who was also arrested from Kharkhoda area of Meerut on February 2, had informed the cops about the two shops run by his sons in Khairnagar area. “Shahid had confessed that they used to mix anabolic steroids, growth hormones, etc to boost muscular growth in protein supplements. All these medicines are strictly prohibited except under strict medical supervision in special cases,” said the chief food safety officer.
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Source: The Times of India