Meat and fish shops use paper bags, butter paper

Neha Basudkar
Monday, 25 June 2018

Customers not really happy; vendors urge customers to bring steel containers

Pune: The city’s meat and fish shop owners have started using paper bags and butter paper to pack their wares while selling it to 
consumers. 

The ban has not affected the business of the meat and fish owners. Amir Shaikh, a meat vendor at Baner, said, “From yesterday (Saturday), we have started using paper bags or newspapers to wrap the meat. But only paper is not enough, as meat gets soggy if wrapped in paper and mincemeat sticks to the paper. So we use butter paper.”

Salim Khan, a vendor in Pimpri, said, “Consumers who do not carry their own cloth bags are facing a lot of issues as we are selling meat by packing it in butter paper and then wrapping it in newspaper or paper bag. Many of them are our daily consumers, so we have started telling them to bring a steel container with them to carry such items.”  

Qauuim, a meat shop owner of Baner, said, “Plastic bags were cheap and easily available, but we have to shell out more for paper bags. The paper bags cost us Re 1 each.”

Zameer Khan, a fish shop owner at Aundh said, “Just like meat, fish also gets soggy if wrapped in paper. We are using butter paper or silver foil to wrap them. But foil can only hold up to 700 gm. Many of our clients take over 2 kg. How will we manage?”

Some meat vendors are still using plastic bags and hiding them by wrapping them in newspapers. Saleem Mohammad, a meat vendor in Nigdi said, “After the ban was announced, we started using paper bags, but no one has come to check on us. So we again started using plastic bags, which are even now readily available to us at cheap rates. This keeps the consumers happy. But while giving it, we wrap it 
in  paper.”

Mustaffa Pathan, a meat vendor at Hinjawadi confirmed this. “I am getting more customers since I started selling the meat wrapped in plastic,” he added. 

Some citizens have become vigilant and started carrying their own cloth bags and containers. Sameer Pathak, a consumer at a meat shop in Baner, said, “To purchase meat, I started carrying a container after the ban was announced. Because I knew there is no alternative to plastic and the meat owners will sell it in paper bags or newspapers.”

Sania Patel, a consumer at a fish shop in Nigdi, said, “Wrapping the fish or meat in paper is not feasible because the water and blood starts dripping  from it due to which the cloth bag also gets wet and starts smelling. We are eagerly waiting for the alternative to carry items which do not have any other option than the use of plastic.”

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