Huge haul of contraband tobacco products, 44 premises sealed till date
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PORT BLAIR, SEPT 6: A team of Food Safety Officials led by the District Food Safety Officer, South Andaman conducted surprise raids on 5th and 6th Sept in connection with storage and distribution of contraband tobacco products at Aberdeen village, Shadipur, Wimberlygunj and Bambooflat, wherein large quantities of contraband tobacco products were seized from Food Business Operators (FBOs). The details of the FBOs who premises were inspected, closed and sealed are Gyanashekhar, R/o Shadipur, G. Shanti, R/o Phoniex Bay and K.Jaleel, prop. M/s Hotel Fatima, R/o Wimberlygunj and S. Marudhachi, R/o Shadipur. All the contraband tobacco items were seized under the appropriate section of the Act and legal proceedings are being initiated against the offenders under Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006. Till now 44 premises have been sealed for the violation.
The Commissioner Food Safety has warned the travelers who are travelling from mainland to Port Blair by Air or by Ship should not carry the contraband tobacco products with them and also warned the Food Business Operators not to store/stock/display or sale any contraband tobacco products in their premises and storage area and if the enforcement staff on their inspection if found any contraband tobacco products, stringent action will be initiated against the errant FBOs including sealing of premises and cancellation of licenses.
Meanwhile, the general public and FBOs have been informed that the sale of tobacco leaves in its original form is exempted from ban vide Gazette Notification No.101 dated 19th June 2017. However, sale of mixture of tobacco leaves along with Chuna/lime powder are prohibited.
And whereas sale on all forms of processed/ flavoured/ scented chewing tobacco, whether going by the name or form of gutka, pan masala zarda packed and unpacked / loose etc. which contains tobacco and or nicotine as ingredient is prohibited.