May 17, 2018

Energy drinks laced with chemicals seized

Vigilance and Enforcement officials during a raid on a firm in Cheepurupalli of Vizianagaram district on Wednesday. 
Vigilance teams crack the whip on manufacturing firms
Close on the heels of the seizure of spurious beverages, the Vigilance and Enforcement Department cracked a whip on the manufacturers and suppliers of adulterated energy drinks in Vizianagaram and Srikakulam district on Wednesday.
Special teams headed by Regional Vigilance and Enforcement Officer T. Harikrishna inspected Venkata Sai Food Products at LN Peta of Srikakulam district and K.V.N. Industries at Cheepurupalli of Vizianagaram district. Other members of the team including Deputy Superintendent of Police G. Bhargava Naidu, Circle Inspector G. Chandra and Food Safety Officer Eswari, after the inspection, said that both the firms did not have valid licence to manufacture the energy drinks.
They said all the flavours were found to be contaminated with chemicals and the drinks would be harmful to the public health. They also found unauthorised usage of LPG domestic refills in the factory premises.
Samples to be sent to lab
The teams seized bottles and sought explanation from the manufacturers. “The firms are selling the energy drink bottles mostly in the rural areas of both the districts. The samples collected from the firms will be sent to laboratory in Hyderabad for testing. After obtaining the report, we will proceed legally against the proprietors,” said Mr. Harikrishna.

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