Food Safety Officials on Monday seized pan masala and other banned tobacco products worth nearly Rs. 1.50 lakh from shops in the city.
The raids were conducted at six locations in the city limits — RG Street, Oppanakara street, Kuniamuthur, Kuruchi, Gandhipuram Bus Stand, and Peelamedu — and at a food products godown in Pollachi.
According to the Designated Officer of Tamil Nadu Food Safety and Drug Administration Department (Food Safety Wing), R. Kathiravan, with the one-month period given to dealers and traders to remove these products out of Tamil Nadu expiring on Friday,
Food Safety Officials in Coimbatore have begun conducting raids.
A total of 21 Food Safety Officials, who were split in seven teams, conducted the raids.
These operations would continue, he added.
The ban on ghutka, pan masala, and other products containing tobacco and nicotine was announced by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in the Legislative Assembly on May 8.
To monitor the implementation of the ban, a district level committee will be constituted with District Collector as the chairperson.
Other members include the Superintendent of Police, District Commercial Tax Officer, Deputy Director of Health Services, Chief Educational Officer, Corporation, and Regional Transport Officer besides the Designated Officer who will be the convener.