Pune: The Legal Metrology Organisation (LMO) conducted surprise checking of packaged commodities, especially imported items like beauty products, chocolates and cigarette recently, across the State. The campaign included packaged commodities kept for sale in spa-salons, starred hotels, malls and supermarkets in Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur and Konkan. The LMO checked these products in 10 centres in Pune.
“Under the guidance of Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection, Girish Bapat, we conducted a special drive. Accordingly, a total number of 569 establishments, including various importers, malls, spa-salons and shops in the State were inspected. 294 establishments were booked for various violations of Legal Metrology Act 2009 and rules made thereunder. It includes 73 spa-salon establishments in Mumbai, 10 in Pune, 10 in Konkan, 18 in Nashik and 4 in Nagpur,” said Amitabh Gupta, Additional Director General of Police, and Controller, Legal Metrology.
During the special drive, 123 cases against spa-salons, 110 cases regarding imported chocolates, 19 cases against cigarettes and 42 cases against other packaged commodities were registered.
“In Pune, Toni and Gay Essentials at Kumar Pacific Mall, The Beauty Collection, Roanak Health Care, Lifestyle Pvt Ltd at Phoenix Mall, Palak Gift House at Hinjawadi are among the 10 stores were we conducted the drive,” said Mahajan.
“This organisation is very important for consumers’ interest. To avoid cheating of consumers by selling imported packaged commodities which do not comply with the statutory provision, we appeal to consumers to be alert while purchasing imported packaged commodities,” Mahajan said.
“During our inspection, we found that these stores were not following packaged commodities rules. All packets had not mentioned importers’ name and address, MRP, import date, consumer care telephone number, net quantity and product details,” said a senior official of LMO, Pune Division.