Violations pertain to mandatory disclosures like country of origin and expiry dates
90 ecommerce portals and offline retailers under the dock for various violations
As many as 281 cases were filed for the violations related to non-declaration of Country of Origin tags by ecommerce companies
A total of 305 cases have been registered against ecommerce companies for flouting various norms under the Legal Metrology Act, 2009.
The violations pertaining to mandatory disclosures like country of origin and expiry dates. The data relates to the intervening period between October 16, 2020 and February 3, 2022.
This was stated by Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ashwini Kumar Choubey in a written reply to a question.
The Minister also stated that so far 90 companies have been fined for the offences. In addition to this, INR 49.95 Lakh penalty has been imposed on the erring firms.
Giving a breakdown of the cases filed by State Governments, the Minister stated that 4,716 cases were registered in 2019, followed by 3,713 cases in 2020, and 2,996 cases were registered against ecommerce companies last year.Most of the violations were related to non-declaration of Country of Origin tags by the ecommerce websites. As many as 281 cases were filed by State Governments under this category. This was followed by 7 cases each filed for overcharging and non-disclosure of manufacturer’s address on the product label.Back in September 2020, the industry department had asked ecommerce companies to complete assigning ‘country of origin’ tags to all existing products on their platforms. The move was announced amidst rising tensions and a ballooning trade deficit with China.The notices were issued by the Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA) in a bid to “protect the rights of consumers as a class.”The ecommerce firms were also booked for other violations, including violation of the Domestic Pressure […]
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