Ecommerce players Amazon and Flipkart have received legal notices from the DCGI (Drug Controller General of India) for reportedly selling adulterated and spurious cosmetics. In the notices, DCGI have asked retailers to give response within 10 days, warning them of legal actions for offering fake cosmetic products.
The notices sent after the raids conducted by the DCGI drug inspectors at different locations in the country. During the raids, DCGI found that there are some cosmetic manufacturers that import ingredients without valid licenses and registration certificates.
The offering of such unapproved products can lead to penal actions ranging from imprisonment and monetary fine.
A spokesperson from an Amazon India stated to PTI that the company takes severe actions against dealers who sell spurious or fake products.
Eswara Reddy DCGI stated in the notice that “In case you fail to submit the reply within the stipulated time it will be presumed that you have no reply to the offer and appropriate action as deemed fit will be initiated against you.”
It is mandatory to obtain a registration certificate for importing cosmetics into India, as per the Drug and Cosmetics Act. All the cosmetics manufacturers have valid licenses for selling their products in India and they also need to follow the standards by the Bureau of Indian Standards. The manufacturers are not allowed to use any ingredient mentioned in the negative list of BSI.