Govt makes standard packs mandatory for 19 items
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
New Delhi, Nov 2: Manufacturers of 19 commodities, mostly food items like biscuit and bread, will have to package their products in standard sizes – a move aimed at protecting consumers from unfair trade practice by companies of reducing weight without changing the retail price.
The government made mandatory the standardised packaging of 19 items from Thursday and non-compliance would invite penal action.
"In the interest of common consumers, from Thursday onwards 19 commodities of day-to-day use, like bread, biscuits, tea can be sold in specified standard packs only.
"Manufacture, packing or import of these commodities in non-standard packs will invite penal action," Consumer Affairs Ministry said in a statement.
The Ministry has comes out with a list of standard sizes for 19 commodities including tea, coffee and salt. The items to be covered under the new packaging order includes non-food products such as cement, paint and soaps.
Following complaints regarding unfair reduction in the quantity of packaged products from some consumer organisation, the government has amended the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules 2011.
A notice was issued on June 5 this year in this regard.
"It has been observed that some manufacturers in the country are reducing quantity of packaged products by small fractions without making a change in the price of the product. The government after due examination of the issue amended the Legal Metrology Rules," Food Minister K V Thomas had said.
The other items are -- cereals and pulses; edible oils, vanaspati, ghee, and butter oil; rice (powdered), flour, atta, rawa and suji; baby food; weaning food; un-canned packages of butter and margarine; milk powder; aerated soft drinks and non-alcoholic beverages; mineral water and drinking water; cement in bags; paint varnish; soaps; non-soapy detergents (powder); materials which may be constituted or reconstituted as beverages.
Lastupdate on : Fri, 2 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 2 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 3 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST
- MORE FROM BUSINESS
- Gas dealers blame oilcos, state admin for LPG crisis
- Hike fares in 1 week or face wheel jam: Transporters to govt
- Govt makes standard packs mandatory for 19 items
- AIRTEL LAUNCHES DATA PLANS FOR IPHONE 5
- Live to Love’ breaks global record in Ladakh
- Agri deptt holds farm machinery mela
- Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 redefines highway cruising
- CT deptt eyes Rs 1000 cr tax this fiscal
- Discounts on gold coins
‘Militants Now Mostly Operating In Hinterland As Change Of Strategy’
GK MONITORING DESK
Srinagar, Nov 2: Hizbul Mujahideen Supremo Syed Salah-ud-Din Friday said that New Delhi was “exploiting Panchs and Sarpanchs to project Kashmir as pro-India” and that they will “continue to be targeted More
- Srinagar City
Eve-teasing prevails while City helplessly remembers victims like Romana Javed. Comments Dr Fiaz Fazili
Eve-teasing is declining to recede, much like the undue pampering of youth by their parents. A latest complaint of eve-teasingwas reported by City Page, a few days back. It straight reminded me of the More
GK NEWS NETWORK
Jammu, Nov 2: The Special Magistrate CBI Jammu SR Gandhi on Friday sent two Income Tax officials who were arrested after allegedly being caught red-handed while demanding illegal gratification to seven More
- South Asia
Islamabad, Nov 2: At least 18 people, among them women and children, died in Pakistan Friday when gunmen opened fire at them after their van stopped for refuelling.The attack took place at a petrol station More
Geneva, Nov 2: UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay Friday urged China to promptly address the longstanding grievances of the Tibetans. She said she was disturbed by "continuing allegations More
London, Nov 2: Scientists have discovered a protein that ripens fruits early and could boost their value and sales dramatically. The finding would enable farmers to accelerate or delay the ripening More