Mangalore: Manufacturers Caught Cheating Consumers with False Product Weights
Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore (PS)
Mangalore, Aug 23: Following media exposure, the weights and measurement department headed by M P Ganesh and his team on Wednesday August 22 filed cases against products that allegedly pack less than the weight mentioned on their packets.
The team raided severals shops and malls and found at least five branded products weighing less than the weight mentioned on the pack.
Earlier on Tuesday August 21, a general store merchant approached the media after a particular brand of wheat flour packet which was supposed to weigh one kilogram was found to be weighting 780 grams, and a few others 820 grams and some packets 840 grams, thanks to the handiwork of package department personnel or the manufacturers.
Clifford Saldanha, a merchant who owns ‘Saldanha Stores’ grocery shop in Kankanady market was stunned to see a 1 kg Ashirwad wheat flour packet weighing only 820 grams when he placed accidently it on the weighing machine. He said the brand is very popular and he was shocked to see each packet weighing differently. "None of the packets weighed 1 kg as mentioned in the product packet. I noticed it accidentally," he said.
He said that Ashirwad was a good branded wheat flour bought by many of his customers. Imitation of packets of branded products also cannot be ruled out, he said.