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Govt notices to 63 companies selling kitchen scales and weighing machines

Govt notices to 63 companies selling kitchen scales and weighing machines

Under the Legal Metrology Act 2009, manufacturers and importers are required to obtain model approval for their scales and meters, manufacturing license, import registration and verification/stamping platform.

The government has issued notices to 63 manufacturers, importers and sellers of personal weighing and measuring devices such as kitchen scales on e-commerce platforms, asking them if they comply with all regulatory norms.

The development comes in the backdrop of several consumer complaints of unauthorized sale of these products on e-commerce platforms.

Speaking to PTI, a senior consumer affairs ministry official said, "Considering the consumer complaints & suo moto, 63 show-cause notices were issued between June and August 29."

Manufacturers, importers and dealers have been asked to provide details of model approval, manufacture/importer/dealer license and scale verification, the official said.

The suo moto action was taken as some manufacturers/importers of weighing and measuring instruments were found to be selling kitchen scales and personal scales without following the provisions of the Act, the official added.

Under the Legal Metrology Act 2009, manufacturers and importers are required to obtain model approval for their scales and meters, manufacturing license, import registration and verification/stamping platform.

Compliance with these provisions is mandatory in the interests of consumers and for the regulation of trade and commerce in weights, measures and other goods.
Further, a mandatory product declaration needs to be made on the packaged goods/e-commerce platform so that consumers can make an informed choice.

Manufacturers/importers are required to keep records of the number of scales and measuring instruments and their parts manufactured and imported, sold/distributed and details of verification fees paid to the government.

By law, violations of these rules are punishable by fine and imprisonment, or both.

Source: PTI

 

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