Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seized Rs. 2.5 crore worth spurious cosmetics of brands like L’Oreal, Lakme and Nivea, during the raids conducted at a building in south Mumbai.
“On receipt of confidential information about manufacture and sale of spurious cosmetics, the FDA team raided the premises at Sarang street, Mumbai last evening,” FDA Commissioner Harshadeep Kamble said.
It was found that one Mohamad Khaatib Shaikh, and Mohamad Jarif Shaikh were manufacturing famous brands such as LOreal, Lakme, Nivea, Elle 18 etc, he said.
The products include Lakme Radiance Compact, LOreal Paris Banana Treatment Pack, Baby Lips Color (Lip Balm).
“It was found that the manufacturing of these products was being done by using exclusive machinery and had a compact setup on fourth floor of the building situated in Crawford Market,” he said.
Samples were collected for test and analysis, and a huge stock of these cosmetics along with packing material and machinery was seized, he said.
A thorough interrogation of the accused revealed that raw material and packing material procured from Pravin Dhillon, proprietor of Krishna Cosmetics at Bhuleshwar in Mumbai, he said.
It was revealed that these spurious cosmetics manufactured were being sold through Dhillon, who was the kingpin, who managed the manufacturing and selling activity. The investigation led to Radhe Cosmetics, through which these cosmetics were being sold, Kamble said.
“The setup had every sophisticated machinery needed to manufacture these FMCG products,” the IAS officer said.
“Looking into the extent of volume of spurious cosmetics involved and the renowned brands being manipulated, I directed senior officials to rush to the raided premises,” he said.