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Maha FDA lodges FIR against offenders for selling spurious cosmetics

Our Bureau, MumbaiWednesday, May 16, 2018, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

The Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has lodged an FIR at Amboli Police Station against three people involved in manufacturing and selling of spurious cosmetics under the brand name of L’Oreal.

The cosmetics were being manufactured and sold in contravention to Section 27(a) (1) and Section 17 D (d) of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act.

During the raids at three places in Mumbai, spurious products worth over Rs. 10 lakh were seized to curtail its further distribution in the public interest.

Maharashtra FDA Commissioner Dr Pallavi Darade who led the team during the raids along with vigilance officials has also made an appeal in the public interest to dispose of packaging material of cosmetic brands in a proper way to avoid its misuse.

The accused named in the FIR Khingar Ravaria used to source out  semi-finished products like shampoo, cream, ointment, oil and also packaging material of Loreal brand for further refilling and repacking for sale. The products also used to be sold online through a Mumbai-based company Bio Cosmetics. Other accused named in the FIR are Poojari and Henry D’ Souza.

The state regulator detected cases of manufacturing and selling spurious cosmetics of reputed brands based on a tip-off and raided three premises across Mumbai.

The crackdown revealed spurious cosmetics were manufactured and allegedly sold in packs of reputed brand of L’Oreal to customers through super markets and beauty parlours.

Further probe is on to assess the quantum of the crime and violation as the manufacturer might be selling it to others clients and customers, according to an FDA official.

FDA had last year made a massive crackdown against manufacturers of steroid-laden skin creams for making false claims of making a person fair in contravention to the labeling conditions of the Drug Rules.

 
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