15 Notices Sent to E-commerce Entities, Sellers for Selling Non-standard Pressure Cookers
Moneylife Digital Team 11 February 2022
The central consumer protection authority (CCPA) has issued 15 notices to e-commerce entities, and sellers found to be selling non-standard pressure cookers online. This violates the domestic pressure cooker (quality control) order. The Union government has directed conformity to standard and compulsory use of the standard mark to prevent the risk of injury or harm to consumers.
In a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha, Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Union minister of state for consumer affairs, food and public distribution, says, "The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has also issued three notices for violation of quality control order (QCOs) for pressure cookers and two notices for violation of quality control order for helmets."                 
"As against violations of mandatory declarations under the Legal Metrology Act 2009 and the rules made thereunder like country of origin and expiry date, 305 total cases have been booked for various violations from 16 October 2020 to 3 February 2022," the minister says. 
To ensure conformity to standards and protect consumers from sub-standard goods, the Union government is empowered to direct compulsory use of standard marks under section 16(1) of BIS Act, 2016. The directions are generally published in the form of quality control orders. The QCO for domestic pressure cooker came into force on 1 February 2021 and the QCO for helmets on 1 June 2021. 
According to the minister, 90 companies have compounded their offences, and the total amount collected from compounding is Rs49.95 lakh.
During 2019, 2020 and 2021, about 47,163,713 and 2,996 cases were, respectively, booked for violations related to declaration, including country of origin by the state governments, Mr Choubey added.
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