News Mobile, June 30, 2016
By Udai Mehta and Kanika Balani
In the wake of recent verdict by a US court against the J&J Company, the Maharashtra Food & Drug Administration (FDA) collected baby powder samples of J&J and other talcum powder brands for testing from across the state to check if they follow the rules laid down under the Drugs and Cosmetic Act, 1940. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is yet another regulator, which has been pro-active in issuing product recall orders to companies. Apart from the Nestle Maggi recall order, the list includes products of Amway India Enterprises, Energy Drinks such as Monster Energy Drink, Cloud 9, Tzinga, and Jagdale Industries’ Mulmin drops and capsules.
These facts might create a Samaritan like imagery of the Indian regulators. To further add to this imagery, the elaborate mechanisms for consumer grievance redressal have also been established, under various statues. A three tier quasi- judicial system of consumer dispute redressal, set up under the Consumer Protection Act, along with several provisions to impose penalties on the offenders under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act and Food Safety and Standards could be referred as the systems of resort for the Indian consumers.
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