Tata Salt Packed Manually? No, Video Is From Raid on Fake Products

The video is of a raid conducted by the Tata Salt team and the Punjab Police against counterfeit salt operations.

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A viral video falsely claimed that it shows the packaging of Tata Salt in an unhygienic manner.
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CLAIM

A video doing the rounds on social media claims that it shows the packaging of Tata Salt allegedly being done under unhygienic conditions. The video shows several packets of Tata Salt lying on the floor and the packaging being done manually.

Several social media users have shared the video on Facebook and Twitter with a similar claim.

The video has been shared on Facebook with a similar claim.
The video has been shared on Facebook with a similar claim.
(Photo Courtesy: Facebook/ Screenshot)
The video has been shared on Twitter with a similar claim.
The video has been shared on Twitter with a similar claim.
(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/Screenshot)

The Quint received a query on the claim made in the video via its WhatsApp helpline.

A WhatsApp user sent the video to <b>The Quint</b>’s helpline asking for its verification.
A WhatsApp user sent the video to The Quint’s helpline asking for its verification.
(Photo Courtesy: WhatsApp/Screenshot)

WHAT’S THE TRUTH?

While the video has not been tampered with, the claim along with it is false. Tata Salt issued a clarification on their official Facebook page and mentioned that the video is actually of a raid that was conducted by the Tata Salt team and Punjab Police on 10 October, in a factory against “counterfeit salt operations” in Mohali’s Dera Bassi area.

WHAT WE FOUND OUT

On 15 October, Tata Salt had issued a statement on its official Facebook page saying that the video is of a raid conducted by the Talt Salt team and the Punjab Police.

“The video pertains to a raid conducted by the Tata Salt team along with the Punjab Police against counterfeit salt operations, just last week in Dera Bassi,” the statement read.

Further, the company mentioned that Tata Salt is manufactured from natural sea water by making use of technologically advanced Vacuum Evaporation process.

The screenshot of the statement statement released by Tata Salt on its Facebook page.
The screenshot of the statement statement released by Tata Salt on its Facebook page.
(Photo Courtesy: Tata Salt/Screenshot)

Also, an article published by Hindustan Times on 11 October quoted police officials saying that during the raid, several workers were caught packing fake salt in Tata Salt packets. The factory was functioning for the last four months in an old building.

As per the report, the factory was not only producing counterfeit Tata Salt, but the products also included Aashirvaad atta, Tide and Surf detergent, Lakme kajal, among others.

The owner of the industrial unit where the raid took place is Krishan Kumar of Manimajra. Several workers, including children were taken for questioning, the report added. The raid was conducted on Mumbai-based company’s complaint. The Mumbai-based company caters to complaints against counterfeit products.

Hindustan Times reported that the raid was conducted at Sundra village in Mohali’s Dera Bassi.
Hindustan Times reported that the raid was conducted at Sundra village in Mohali’s Dera Bassi.
(Photo Courtesy: Hindustan Times/ Screenshot)

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