FDA to file FIR after raiding STC company

A day after the Maharashtra government extended the ban on sale and manufacture of gutkha and paan masala to include flavoured,scented and all other types of processed tobacco

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: April 9, 2014 3:27:58 pm

A day after the Maharashtra government extended the ban on sale and manufacture of gutkha and paan masala to include flavoured,scented and all other types of processed tobacco,Food and Drugs Administration joint secretary Suresh Deshmukh said a raid on an STC trading company led to the seizure of scented tobacco worth Rs 1.75 lakh.

“The product,Chandan Mukwas,was being manufactured on the pretext of a mouth freshener,” Deshmukh said.

An FIR will be registered under Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA) and IPC.

Under FSSA,a fine up to Rs 5 lakh can be levied and the offender can be imprisoned for up to six years.

Maharashtra is the only state that has banned scented and flavoured tobacco.

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