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Ban On Gutkha and Paan Masala Selling Effective 20 July 2012 in Mumbai

“State’s FDA (Food and Drug Administration) got strict and have banned products categories as Gutkha and Paan masala which contains tobacco, magnesium carbonate and nicotine which is highly unhealthy for human health. Effective 20th July 2012, Fines and Jail for those manufacturing and selling such products..”

Quick Look : [ About Banned Paan Masala and Gutkha in Maharashtra ], [ Penalties and Fines For Selling Gutkha Products ], [ Details On Gutka Seized in Mumbai ], [ Consumer Guidance & FDA Helplines to Complain About Sellers ], [ Updates ]

Gutkha Paan Masala Products

Gutkha Paan Masala Products

A Healthy Step Banning Unhealthy Gutkha

Many government organizations and probably NGO’s will support and keep and eye on the sellers and manufacturers of Paan masala’s at those local Paan Shop and other stores around Mumbai who sells tobacco products which creates mouth cancer and makes city unhygienic and dirty with red stops spitted all around in public places. Police along with transport department and municipal corporations have joined hands to stop any active elements moving around with such products.

Gutkha is a tobacco product which is a addictive habit to eat many times a day, People get similar satisfaction like smoking as it contains nicotine, tobacco and magnesium carbonate, all very unhealthy for human body. According to news and global adult survey on consumption of tobacco, Maharashtra is on top ranking when it comes to consuming paan masala where 43% of men and 19% of women in adult category consumes and are addicted and some what similar is the death ration when it comes to death of men and women by tobacco cancer. Our Maharashtra state earns about rupees 100 crores in tax revenue income solely from gutkha and paan masala products, such is the tobacco industry of Rs.300 crore business in the state, and i am sure Mumbai will the top city in the state for such a huge contribution.

 
Last year in 2011, FSSA (Food Safety and Standards Act) which came into existence have triggered the healthy step of removing unhealthy addictive products to keep city and people healthy. As per news, 208 are the number of food safety inspectors patrolling to catch hold of sellers of tobacco products, which DO NOT include Cigarettes and Bidis as it do not fall on top Food category as per supreme court orders. Below are the fines and prison options which are already in effect.

Another great move in January 2013 was the banned of tobacco and gutka products in BEST buses of Mumbai. This is one of the required move to keep the city clean and hygenic

Gutkha Paan Masala Selling Fines Penalties

One if found selling any kind of such products will be facing penalties starting Rs. 25000 to Rs. 200000 and/or Jail upto 6 Months, A Real good news and healthy fine. Now how can we help our government and authorities like police and Consumer guidance society to help with the BAN ? Below are the Helpline numbers for same.

Gutka Tobacco Seized by FDA in Mumbai



Upon ban on such products, FDA still found Tobacco products getting into city, Leading newspapers recently detailed the same and below is the seizure details.

Trains that carry gutkha were checked and long distance trains like Mumbai Firozpur Janta Express, Pushpak Express coming from Lucknow to CST, August Kranti Rajdhani Express coming from New Delhi to Mumbai Central, Udyan Express from Bangalore to CST found ferrying tobacco products carried by unknown source.

Seizure Date Gutkha Worth Seized From
18th December 2012 3.5 Lakhs CST
21st December 2012 10.7 Lakhs CST
22nd December 2012 14.17 Lakhs CST
23rd December 2012 2.38 Lakhs CST station
24th December 2012 5 Lakhs Mumbai Central
3rd January 2013 5.25 Lakhs Mumbai Central
HELPLINE Numbers
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Helplines On Android

  • FDA helplines : 022 – 26591249 / 26592207
  • FDA Toll Free Contact : 1800-112100
  • Consumer Guidance Society Toll Free : 1800-222262

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