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E-commerce entities fall under the objective of the Ccpa for the sale of sub-standard pressure cookers


The Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA) sent notices to five e-commerce entities, including Amazon, Flipkart and PaytmMall, as well as various vendors for offering pressure cookers that do not meet BIS standards. The notices were issued on November 18 to Flipkart, Amazon, Snapdeal, Shopclues and PaytmMall, as well as sellers.

As part of the celebrations for 75 years of independence – ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’, the CCAC has launched a nationwide campaign to prevent the sale of counterfeit and counterfeit products that violate published quality control orders by the Center, the government said in a statement on Monday. “The notices were sent to both e-commerce entities as well as pressure cooker sellers on these platforms. The notices were published on November 18, ”a senior consumer ministry official told PTI.
In this regard, the CCPA has already instructed district collectors across the country to investigate unfair trading practices and violation of consumer rights regarding the manufacture or sale of such products. The official said that this is the first time that the ACCP has issued notices to e-commerce entities and sellers on their platforms. “How are these products (substandard pressure cookers) licensed by e-commerce entities?” Ecommerce players should only allow sellers on their platforms after due diligence, as they get a good commission from sellers. They need to operate their business responsibly, “the official said.

The ACCP is strengthening enforcement measures to make consumers aware that they should look for the ISI quality mark when purchasing consumer products like the pressure cooker, offline or online, the official added. The daily essentials that have been identified for the campaign are helmets, pressure cookers and kitchen gas cylinders.

“CCPA has become aware of suo-moto against e-commerce entities that sell pressure cookers in violation of the Household Pressure Cookers (Quality Control) Order 2020 issued by the central government under Article 16 (1 ) of the 2016 BIS law on January 21, 2020, “the statement read. The authority requested a response from e-commerce entities within seven days of issuing the notice, failing which the necessary measures may be brought against them under the provisions of the Consumer Protection Act, 2019. She also wrote to the CEO (Director General), BIS to immediately become aware of the matter and take the necessary action.

The Consumer Department has provided the list of 13 of these products available for sale on e-commerce platforms. “AmazonBasics Stainless Steel Outer Lid Pressure Cooker, 4 L (Does Not Give Whistle Pressure Alert)”; and Quba 5 Liter Induction Base Aluminum Pressure Cooker, Inner Lid are available on Amazon.in.
Three products are on Flipkart.com – Standard 5L Induction Pressure Cooker in Aluminum Quba (Aluminum), 5L Induction Pressure Cooker in Stainless Steel PRISTINE (Stainless Steel) and DIAMOND by FastColors Outer 10 Liter Aluminum Lid 10 L Pressure Cooker (Aluminum ). Snapdeal.com sells two of these products: ABODE 5L Aluminum Outer Lid Pressure Cooker without Induction Base and Induction Pressure Cooker compatible with Bestech 5L mirror finish cooktops.

Three products are on Shopclues.com – Quba Aluminum Regular 5 liter pressure cooker with induction base (aluminum), PRISTINE pressure cooker with induction base in stainless steel, 5L and ethical pressure cooker TRI-NATURE 5 liters with induction base in stainless steel TriPly SAS. Paytmmall.com offers three products for sale – PRISTINE 5.5L Outer Lid Pressure Cooker Induction Bottom (Silver, Stainless Steel, Pack of 1); Induction base for Quba 5 L inner lid pressure cooker (silver, aluminum, set of 1); and Ethical Cookware Combos Induction Bottom (stainless steel, set of 1). In accordance with the BIS Ordinance, domestic pressure cookers are required to comply with Indian standard IS 2347: 2017 and carry the standard mark under a license from BIS with effect from August 1, 2020.

Pressure cookers that do not meet mandatory standards are likely to be considered “defective” under the law, the statement said. The government also pointed out that Rule 4 (2) of the Consumer Protection (Electronic Commerce) Rules, 2020 specifies that no electronic commerce entity shall engage in unfair commercial practice, whether in the course of doing business on its own. platform or otherwise.

(Edited by : Anshul)

First publication: STI


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