HA NOI (VNS) — The science and technology ministry has detected several instances of fraud in packed goods since August, Chief Inspector of the ministry Tran Minh Dung said.
|Employees of the Market Management Board of the central Quang Tri Province inspect packed goods at an enterprise in Dong Ha City. — VNA/VNS Photo Ho Cau
Following inspections, 265 enterprises out of 1,283 enterprises nationwide (20 per cent of the inspected enterprises) were found violating the rules. They had to pay VND450 million (US$ 2,000) in fines.
Most of the fined enterprises were found committing fraud in the quantity of the packed goods.
After the Law on Measurement came into effect, the ministry issued decree 21 in August 2014, giving instructions about the weights and measures of packed goods. A year after the decree came into effect, the ministry inspected weights, measures, bar codes and intellectual property of basic goods such as sugar, milk and oil.
Dung said the cases of fraud would be announced on mass media to spread awareness among the public to prevent further fraud and to create a healthy and competitive environment between enterprises.
He said customers normally did not want to spend time going to the local authorities with their complaints because the amount of fraud in the small quantity of goods they bought was not considerable. However, producers can gain a large amount of money when large quantities of goods are involved. — VNS