The DCGI (Drug Controller General of India) has issued notices to e-commerce giants Amazon and Flipkart for allegedly selling fake and spurious cosmetics. The retail giants have been warned of legal actions in case they fail to respond within 10 days. The DCGI drug inspectors conducted raids at various locations across the country during which they found that some dubious cosmetic manufacturers were importing ingredients without licenses and necessary registration certificates. The sale of such unapproved products can lead to imprisonment and even monetary fine.
An Amazon India spokesperson told PTI that the company takes stern measures against sellers who deal in counterfeit or spurious products.
It should be noted that Amazon is a third-party marketplace which enables sellers to list their products for sale to customers. Sellers on Amazon.in are responsible for product compliances according to the applicability.
The customer experience on Amazon.in has a very high standard and takes strict actions against sellers who are involved in selling fake and illegal products, if any such incidents are reported. The websites had a number of cosmetics which did not have valid documents and had ingredients which are mentioned in the negative list of BIS.
Eswara Reddy DCGI said in the notice, “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.” Under the Drug and Cosmetics Act, it is compulsory to get a registration certificate for the import of cosmetics into India. All the cosmetics manufactured in India have licences. The manufacturers also need to comply with the standards laid down by the BIS and cannot have any ingredient mentioned in the negative list.