Adulterated tea powder seized

Food Safety officials seized 530 kg of adulterated tea powder worth Rs.1.30 lakh here on Wednesday.

A team of officials, led by Kavikumar, Designated Officer, Food Safety, raided the house of Palanisamy at Chathirapatti and his godown at Srirengapalayam here on Tuesday. As the house and the godown were found locked, and the officials sealed them.

Later, Palanisamy surrendered before the Designated Officer in Virudhunagar on Wednesday.

The officials took him to Rajapalayam, recovered the adulterated tea from the godown and sent the samples for testing.

Preliminary enquiries revealed that dyeing powder was mixed with tea powder to give it a strong colour.