Spurious 'mawa' is made by adding powdered milk and dalda. But in some cases even chalk powder mixed with water, white paint or animal paint has been detected.
The demand during the festive season overshoots the supply and paves way for the adulterated 'mawa' in the market. The black marketing of white 'mawa' is flourishing in the state.
Factories near the MD Road, sourcing mawa from Choumu area were raided and after taking the samples, at least 100 kg mawa was found to be spurious and was thrown in the dustbin.
The Department of Health had forbidden at least 1000 packets of R.K salt. These packets did not bear any manufacturing date. At a similar location, more than 150 packets of spices were also thrown in the garbage by the investigating team.