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More than 18,000 Hamleys and Archies toy stores seized for violating quality control standards

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More than 18,000 toys from major stores across the country, including those of Hamley’s and Archies, have been seized by the government in 44 raids carried out over the past two weeks, official sources said.

The raids or enforcement actions were conducted by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) against toy vendors for selling toys that did not meet the quality standards of BIS.

In addition, the Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA) has made announcements to three major e-commerce players Amazon, flip kart and Snapdeal, for alleged toy quality control violations, sources reported.

Since January 1, 2021, the government has stipulated that toys must comply with the quality requirements set by BIS.

Director General BIS Pramod Kumar Tiwari told media outlets on Thursday that the raids were carried out because they had received complaints from various quarters against toy sellers and makers.

In addition to Hamleys and Archies, between December 28, 2022 and January 12, 2023, WH Smith, Kids Zone and Cococart stores, which are located in malls and airports across the country, were raided.

Tiwari further stated that legal action would be taken against retailers.

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