Buying bread? Check labeling!

Bakery shops caught flouting norms

SYED IMRAN ALI HAMDANI

Srinagar, May 14: The next time you buy packed bread do look for its labeling with mandatory instructions including date of packing and consumer grievance cell number, as three allegedly erring traders were fined a sum of Rs 20,000 for violating the norms.
 Prompted by public complaints that “pre-packed breads made by different Packers/Manufactures are underweight and without mandatory declarations, a team of officials from Legal Metrology department under the instructions of Joint Controller Ahsan Ali Khan conducted surprise inspection of different markets of Srinagar and booked three Packers of breads for flouting the norms,” an official handout said Tuesday.
 “Under Legal  Metrology (Packaged Commodities)Rules, every pre-packed bread must carry the mandatory declarations such as Name/Trade name of firm with consumer grievance cell No, Max Retail Sale Price, Net Wt, Date of Packing, Best before, Nutritional values,” the handout said adding during the inspection, it was found that some brands are without the adequate labeling.
 “The consumer grievance cell nos/phone nos were found not in working condition, thereby playing deception with consumers,” the officials said adding “Even one brand of bread was found short by about 30 g in 400g pack.”
 “Moreover, it was found that the manufactures in Valley are  mostly keeping pack size of 400g whereas under schedule-2nd  of the Rules, the pack size of breads should be 100g and thereafter in multiples of 100g,” the handout said adding “erring packers were booked and an amount of Rs 20,000 was recovered from them.”

Lastupdate on : Tue, 14 May 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 14 May 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 15 May 2013 00:00:00 IST




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