Special Correspondent

Collector asks officials to dig pits and bury seized goods; many shopkeepers down shutters expecting the raid

THANJAVUR: Raids in provision shops to detect whether expired goods were being sold continued for the second day here on Saturday.

Collector M.S. Shanmugham conducted the raids in some shops near the old bus stand. He advised officials to dig pits and bury the seized goods after removing the packets so that it could not be used again.

Officials led by Natarajan, Municipal Commissioner, and Arjun, Municipal Health Officer, conducted raids in shops near Cauvery Supermarket and on Ayyankadai Street. However they did not seize any goods. Moreover, many shops had downed their shutters as they got wind of the raid. Later, the officials checked a mango godown to find out whether the fruits were artificially ripened. The officials said that no seizure was made as the mangoes were not ripened using carbide stone.

Meanwhile, the Collector has warned of stern action against traders who sold goods that crossed expiry date. He said that traders themselves should destroy such outdated goods. Cases would be filed against erring traders under section 12 (D) of the Consumer Protection Act, 1986. Consumer courts could ban selling of such goods under section 14(1)(G) of the same act. Section 14(1) (H) of the same act provided for removing such articles from the shops. Section 14(1) (HP) of the same act provided for getting compensation from the trader for the problems faced by the consumers who consumed such goods.

The Collector said that people could contact the State Consumer Service Centre on telephone number 044 28592828 and lodge complaints if they come to know that outdated goods were being sold by traders. They could also browse the websites, www.consumer.tn.gov.in or schtamilnadu@gmail.com, to lodge their complaints. They could also approach the Collector directly and give complaints.

Each food product sold by traders should bear the manufacturing date and expiry date on the packet. They should also bear details such as maximum sale price, weight, name of the manufacturer, address etc. Products in packs without these details should not be sold by traders. Stern action would be taken against those who violate these rules.

Expired goods should be destroyed by the traders. There were complaints that traders, instead of destroying them, were selling them to small traders. It was also against the law, he said.