Red Label tea scam: Case ready against Unilever

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KATHMANDU: Office of Food Technology and Quality Control, Hetauda is preparing to file a case against Unilever Nepal Limited over the Red Label tea scam. 

According to the office, a food inspector has been entrusted as an investigation officer and a case file has been prepared as per the Food Act. 

The office recorded a statement from the representative from the Hetauda-based Unilever Nepal Limited as a part of the preliminary investigation into the case before filing the case against the company which has been charged with packaging, relabeling and selling expired tea leaves. 

The investigation officer also sought an opinion from the government attorney following the statement. 

Shortly after the written opinion from the government attorney, a case file would be sent either to Makwanpur District Court or District Administration Office, according to Som Kanta Rijal, the chief at the Office of Food Technology And Quality Control. 

A large quantity (32 tons) of expired tea leaves was seized from Unilever Tea Factory based in Hetauda Sub-metropolitan City-3 in Makwanpur district, on August 31. Acting on a tip-off, a joint team of local administration, Office of Food Technology and Quality Control and Forum for Protection of Consumer Rights Protection Forum had monitored the tea leaves processing center on the factory premises. The company - Unilever Nepal - was found relabeling, repackaging and selling ‘expired tea’ in the market.



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