Legal Metrology Office has issued 183 notices to e-commerce entities for violation of mandatory declaration regarding Country of Origin, under the Legal Metrology Act 2009. In last two months, 183 notices have been served.

This information was provided by Union Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today. He informed that the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011 under the Legal Metrology Act 2009 provides, in the case of imported products, for mandatory declaration of country of origin, on the digital and electronic network used for e-commerce transactions.

The Legal Metrology Act 2009 provides for penal provisions in case of violations and also authorises the State Governments to take action thereon. The Legal Metrology Office of the Department of Consumer Affairs has issued 183 notices in the last 12 months to e- commerce entities for violation of provisions pertaining to Country of Origin.

On 23 June 2017, the central government in exercise of its powers provided under the Legal Metrology Act, 2009 (Act) and the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011 introduced important amendments to Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, especially in relation to e-commerce entities and The Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Amendment Rules, 2017 issued on 23 June 2017 came into force on 1 January 2018.

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