A video, which supposedly shows a group of people packing Tata Salt in an unhygienic manner is circulating on social media. One can see several people picking up the Tata Salt packets lying on the floor and manually filling salt in them. Facebook user Dinesh Kumar posted the video with the claim, “Tata salt manufactured at begumbazar”. According to the claim, the video is from Hyderabad’s Begum Bazar area.

Tata salt manufactured at begumbazar

Posted by Dinesh Kumar B on Monday, 21 October 2019

One Arvind Tank also tweeted the video.

Several other individuals on Facebook shared the video with a similar narrative.

FACT-CHECK

“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. This raid was covered by various media outlets, one of which you can see in the image,” reads a statement issued by Tata Salt on October 15, 2019. The company said that the raid discovered salt being packed in fake pouches resembling Tata Salt packaging.

Tata Salt is committed to providing our consumers with only the best quality products, which safeguard their health and…

Posted by Tata Salt – Desh Ki Sehat, Desh Ka Namak on Tuesday, 15 October 2019

On October 10, the police conducted a raid in an industrial unit which was packing and selling counterfeit grocery, cosmetics and other products at Sundra village in Mohali’s Dera Bassi subdivision. “The owner has been identified as Krishan Kumar of Manimajra. Around half a dozen employees, including children, have also been rounded up for questioning,” stated a report published by Hindustan Times on October 11, 2019.

According to the article, Mubarikpur police conducted the raid on the complaint of a Mumbai-based company which deals with complaints against counterfeit products. “When the raid was conducted, around half a dozen workers were found packing spurious salt in Tata Salt packets,” per Hindustan Times. The police informed that the unit was counterfeiting Aashrivaad flour, Tide and Surf detergents, Lakme Kajal, MDH spices and Harpic toilet cleaner.

In conclusion, a video of the raid conducted by the police in an industrial unit where counterfeit products were packed and sold in Punjab’s Mohali was shared with the false claim that it showed a Tata Salt factory where salt was unhygienically packaged.

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Jignesh is a writer and researcher at Alt News. He has a knack for visual investigation with a major interest in fact-checking videos and images. He has completed his Masters in Journalism from Gujarat University.