With effect from January 1, 2018, the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules had made certain declarations like Maximum Retail Price (MRP), expiry date, customer care details etc. on products mandatory.
In January 2018, the Legal Metrology Department came down heavily on electronic goods wholesale and retail dealers who are selling packaged goods without the mandatory declarations. The officials raided several stores selling electronic goods in Ernakulum, Thrissur, Palakkad, and Idukki districts of Kerala.
The Deputy Controller of Legal Metrology Central Zone, R Rammohan, said ‘27 cases were registered following the crackdown in four districts. We have found several wholesale dealers supply goods not according to the prescribed rules. Some of them were found charging in excess of the MRP printed on the packages. They will be fined if they flout the norms. If repeated, steps will be initiated to prosecute them. The crackdown will continue in the coming day.’
Out of these 27 cases, 16 cases have been registered for selling packed products without declarations and 3 cases for charging exorbitant rates. 12 cases have been registered in Thrissur, 2 cases in Idukki and 3 in Palakkad.