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Over 500 kg of banned tobacco products seized in Erode

Officials of the Tamil Nadu Food Safety and Drug Administration Department seizing banned tobacco products in Erode district

Officials of the Tamil Nadu Food Safety and Drug Administration Department seizing banned tobacco products in Erode district   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

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The products, worth ₹5 lakh, were seized from a provision shop and the shopkeeper’s home

Officials of the Tamil Nadu Food Safety and Drug Administration Department raided a provision shop and the shopkeeper’s house in Anand Nagar in Perundurai, and seized 534 kg banned tobacco products worth Rs. 5 lakh here on Monday.

Based on a tipoff, district collector C. Kathiravan directed T. Kalaivani, District Designated Officer, to inspect the shop. The team raided the shop on the Perundurai – Chennimalai Road and found banned tobacco products stocked for sale. Inquiries with the shopkeeper revealed that he was in possession of more products at his house in the same area. The team inspected the house and found the products in bags.

Mrs. Kalaivani told The Hindu that the licence of the shop would be cancelled and samples would be lifted and sent for laboratory tests and based on the report, action will be initiated. She said that around 15,000 kg banned tobacco products were seized from shopkeepers and traders in the current year and cases were registered against them.

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