Mumbai: Shouldn’t packaged products be sealed, HC asks Centre

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jan 14, 2015 21:46 IST

The Bombay high court on Wednesday sought to know if the central government was willing to make it mandatory to seal pre-packaged products such as toothpastes and shampoos, to prevent their contamination.

The division bench of justice Naresh Patil and justice Ajay Gadkari was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL), contending products such as creams, lotions and shampoos are pre-packaged but not sealed, making them prone to contamination and adulteration.

The judges sought to know why it has not been made mandatory for manufacturers to put tamper-proof seal on such products. The petitioner, advocate Geetanjali Tapandutta, pointed out that most multinational giants catering to Indian markets are in fact properly sealing their products when selling them in advanced countries. She submitted that the lack of proper seal on such products puts them at risk of losing quality as well as quantity, and ultimately the end-user suffers because of that.

Additional government pleader Geeta Shastri, who represented Maharashtra government, submitted that the provisions of the Legal Metrology Act permits pre-packaged products to be sold with or without seals.

However, the counsel for a multinational consumer durable manufacturer submitted that if seal is made mandatory, the manufacturers will have to incur heavy financial liabilities as it will entail changes in manufacturing process and eventually the burden will be shifted to the end consumer.

But, the judges sought to know if the central government wished to do something on this issue and directed the additional solicitor general, Anil Singh, to take instructions to that effect.

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