KATHMANDU – The Department of Commerce, Supply and Consumer Protection has slapped one-year imprisonment and fines against those involved in relabeling date-expired food items.
According to the Department, action has been taken against those arrested red-handed while reselling food items in the market after relabeling the expired ones. The Department had carried out a market monitoring on October 1.
Information Officer of the Department, Rabindra Acharya, said that a one-year jail term and Rs 300,000 fine has been slapped against the owner of two companies. Action has been taken against Ronak Bothra of Rajasthan in India, owner of Ayan Distributors and Shankar Bayalkoti of Dhading, owner of Bishnu Laxmi Distributors.
He said the licenses of the companies have been scrapped for two years. Similarly, a Rs 312, 000 fine has been slapped against seven people of Ayan Distributors—Pushpa Devi Agrawal, Munna Thakur, Pappu Kumar Thakur, Shyam Prasad Singh, Ram Bahadur Bayalkoti and Bikram Prasad Gupta each.
According to the Department, the expired food items worth around Rs 29.4 million seized by the Department in course of monitoring will be destroyed in the presence of locals, police and people’s representatives. RSS