Vijayawada: Taking advantage of the high demand for red meat and chicken, traders have begun cheating customers by manipulating their weighing machines. This came to light after officials of the legal metrology department conducted raids across the state, including over 20 shops in Visakhapatnam
It was found that a few meat traders were setting the unit to litre in their electronic weighing machines instead of gram while weighing the meat.
Officials explained that on April 5, the price of meat had increased from Rs 700 to Rs 900 a kg. But by setting the weighing unit to litre instead of kilogram, the traders made a Rs 100 profit per kilogram.
Similarly, raids were also carried out in Vijayawada city and Gudivada Town in Krishna district and few other places in the state. The officials registered over 40 cases against meat traders for cheating consumers.
“Consumers must observe the weighing unit on the machine before purchasing the goods. If L symbol is on display, it means litre, which is used only for the weighing milk and oils. The cheating was mostly done at chicken and meat shops and customers go home with at least 100gms less that what they bargained for,” said PV Ranga Reddy, assistant controller.
“We appeal to the authorities to continue their raids. We urge them to file criminal cases against the traders who are found selling low-quality meat during an health emergency,” said Kandregula Venkataramana, an activist in the state.