Unhygienic Tata Salt Packed & Sold to Consumers, Video: Fact Check


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Duplicate, Unhygienic Tata Salt manufactured and Packed at Begumbazar, Hyderabad

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1. देखो दोस्तों किस तरह से कुटीर उद्योग के नाम पर टाटा का नमक बनाया जा रहा है डुप्लीकेट

2. टाटा नमक के नाम पर नकली प्रोडक्ट्स बनाने वाली फैक्ट्री – वायरल वीडियो

Fact Check:

A video viral on social media alleges to show Unhygienic Tata Salt Manufactured and Packed at Begumbazar, Hyderabad for sale to consumers. It in fact shows a small group of people in a family enterprise packing salt on floor manually into Tata Salt pouches using a sealing machine. Accompanying messages warn consumers the duplicate, unhygienic salt is sold to them under the brand name. The claims are not entirely true and explained here.

About the Video Showing Unhygienic Tata Salt Packed for Sale

The surprising video and the claim in question are doing rounds on WhatsApp and social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. What you see in it is in fact a small group of people, including children, manually packing the salt on floor into fake pouches resembling Tata Salt pouches. Once the claims went viral on social media, Tata Salt Company gave a clarification on Facebook explaining the video in fact shows a raid conducted by Tata Salt team along with Punjab Police against counterfeit salt operations in Dera Bassi. The company assured consumers about quality of their product and also mentioned a Hindustan Times news report of the raid.

The Actual Raid Incident

On 10th October 2019, after getting a tip-off, Mubarikpur Police raided the industrial unit packaging and selling counterfeit grocery, cosmetics and other products at Sundra village in Mohali’s Dera Bassi subdivision. During the raid, police found half a dozen workers packing spurious salt in Tata Salt packets. They also found spurious products of popular brands like Baba Ramdev Triple Refined Salt, Aashirvaad flour, Tide and Surf detergent, Lakme kajal, MDH spices, and Harpic toilet cleaner. Police recovered packaging material of those brands. During initial investigation, Police found they used substandard raw material in making the products. Consequently, they arrested the owner Krishan Kumar of Manimajra and filed a case under the Copyright Act.

Image of Police raid at an industrial unit in Mohali, Mumbai
Police raid at an industrial unit in Mohali, Punjab

Police said the factory making spurious grocery products was running from an old building for the past four months. They also revealed the accused used to sell the counterfeit products in Chandigarh, Panchkula, Mohali and in parts of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. To point out, he used to sell them claiming to be a dealer of those brands.

Image of Police raid at an industrial unit in Mohali, Mumbai

In short, the aforementioned video shows a police raid at an industrial unit in Mohali (Punjab) making counterfeit grocery and other products. As such, it does not show Tata Salt manufactured and packed in unhygienic way for sale to consumers. FYI, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India suggests consumers certain steps to detect some common food adulterants at household.

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