Special Correspondent

VELLORE: Vellore Collector C. Rajendran has warned of legal action against traders who sold packaged food commodities, which did not contain the dates of manufacture and expiry.

Presiding over a consultation meeting regarding the steps to be taken to prevent the sale of expired food items at the Collectorate here on Friday, Mr. Rajendran said the Chief Minister asked the Collectors to take strict action to prevent and punish such sale. It was mandatory on the part of manufacturers of food and other items to mention the dates of manufacture and expiry on the packaged food commodities as per The Standards of Weights and Measures Act. The Packaged Commodities Rules 1975 banned the sale of packaged commodities, which did not contain the dates of manufacture and expiry, the maximum retail price, weight and address of manufacturer. Severe action would be taken against the manufacturers/traders, who violate these rules.

The Collector said manufacturers/traders should destroy the packaged commodities, which had expired, from their godowns/premises. It had come to the notice of the administration that some big organisations sold the expired packaged food commodities to small traders. The unwary and illiterate who consumed the food contained in such packets developed health problems.

Legal action would be taken against such organisations and traders, who fail to destroy or remove the expired packaged commodities, under section 273 (sale of noxious food and drink) of the Indian Penal Code and section 7 of the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act 1954.

Such organisations/traders would be prosecuted under section 12 (3) of the Consumer Protection Act 1986.

The Collector requested the public, who come across the sale of such banned items, to inform him over phone (0416-2252586) or register their complaints at the website, www.dso.vlr@tn.gov.in.