Govt Issues Notice To Amazon, Flipkart Over Country Of Origin Tag

The ministry of consumer affairs (MCA) has issued notices to ecommerce majors Flipkart and Amazon for not displaying ‘country of origin’ and given them 15 days to provide details, along with an explanation. The MCA had added that action will be initiated against Amazon and Flipkart, if they failed to provide details on the delay.

The letter addressed to Flipkart India Pvt. Ltd. and Amazon Development Center India Pvt.Ltd. by MCA, had specific links to the inventory, which lacked the details, as required under the Legal Metrology.

“… In case of marketplace model of ecommerce, the responsibility of the correctness of the declarations lie with the manufacturer or seller or dealer or importer,” the letter read.

Now, MCA has asked both ecommerce firms to furnish details about the seller regarding nature and ownership of the firm, necessary incorporation documents, as well as names and residential addresses of persons responsible for the conduct including the respective police jurisdiction under which they reside.

The ministry has given the respective ecommerce firms 15 days to provide these details, along with an explanation. On failing to do so, an action will be initiated against Amazon and Flipkart.

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