Food Safety Officers on Thursday seized a large quantity of gutkha and tobacco products, worth about Rs.2 lakh, from a locked house at Vilathikulam on Thursday.

Acting on a tip-off, a team led by M.Jagadis Chandrabose, District Designated Officer, Food Safety Standards Act, seized the banned products in sachets, packed in 20 gunny bags and 10 cartons.

A team comprising Food Safety Officers, police personnel and local body authorities later destroyed them.

Dr.Chandrabose said the district administration had formed a monitoring committee to check violations.

Shops selling gutkha and other tobacco products had been instructed to remove the products. They were given time till June 22 to return the unsold products to the wholesale dealers.

The banned products were packed in 20 gunny bags and 10 cartons

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