COIMBATORE: The District administration has asked commercial establishments and those storing and selling food products to destroy the items if the expiry date was over.
It has come to the administration's notice that instead of destroying food products that have crossed the expiry date, a few traders have been selling them illegally.
Such acts affect poor, unlettered the most.
Traders and shopkeepers have to destroy such expired food and in the event of failing to do so they shall be punished under Section 273 of the Indian Penal Code and provisions of Food Adulteration Act.
Big and small establishments that are found to be engaging in selling such food products are on the wrong side of law and also acting against public interest.
They shall also attract punishment under Consumer Protection Act, 1986.
All packed food products must confirm to the norms laid out under Packed Commodities Act and must contain manufacturing date, expiry date, maximum retail price, weight, address of manufacturer, etc.
It asks public to complaint to District Revenue Officer at 94450-00914, District Supply Officer at 94450-00245/0422-2300569, Assistant Distribution Officer (Range I) at 94450-00250, Assistant Distribution Officer (Range II) at 94450-00249, Assistant Distribution Officer (Range III) at 94450-00248, Special Thasildar (Public Distribution), Coimbatore North, at 94450-00246, Special Thasildar (Public Distribution), Coimbatore South, at 94450-00247, Special Thasildar (Public Distribution), Pollachi, at 94450-00252, Taluk Supply Officer, Mettupalayam, at 94450-00251, Taluk Supply Officer, Sulur, at 94450-00406, and Taluk Supply Officer, Valparai, at 94450-00253.