IMPHAL | Jun 11: A huge amount of expired food items and other items kept for resale in stores and fresh labels printed with extended expiry dates were seized from the Godown of one wholesale dealer located in the street adjacent to Sangai Continental, Dharamsala.
The expired items including papad, masala, chilli powder, honey, cooking oil, glycerine, etc. manufactured by a company named ‘Kaapaa’ were seized from the godown of one Niraj Mahawar, 28, from Rajasthan during a raid by Kangleipak Students’ Association (KSA) executives today.
It is learnt that the business to resell the expired items has been carried out for the last 40 years by Niraj and his family, being the dealer of Kaapaa products. The family runs the company Golden Globe Universal Corporation and provide the products to major shops in Imphal. This was disclosed by one of the neighbours of Niraj on the condition of anonymity. He said that the business was first started by his father, late, Kedar Mahawar through resale of expired cooking oil.
On discovering the backdoor business, the student association banned “Kaapaa” products in the state terming it as poisonous.
Secretary general, KSA, Seram Hemjit today stated that sale of the expired items by the outsiders for consumption by people of the state is a blatant attempt to wipe out the indigenous communities of the State.
While drawing attention of the authorities concerned in this regard, Hemjit strongly condemned the Food Security department for its incompetency and inability to prevent such heinous practices in the State by food dealers.