Hong Kong Customs yesterday (June 6) conducted an operation against various outlets of a chain bakery shop in various districts of Hong Kong. A total of 180 packs of suspected short-weight salty egg twist were seized.
Acting on a complaint, Customs officers posing as customers conducted test buys of pre-packed salty egg twist with a weight marked as 210 grams from the outlets of the chain bakery shop located in Yuen Long, North Point, Sha Tin, Tsuen Wan and Wan Chai. Subsequent examinations by the Government Laboratory revealed that the shortage between the net weight and the purported weight of all test-purchased goods ranged from 13g to 83g, or 6.19 per cent to 39.5 per cent. Customs officers are investigating the discrepancy with a view to prosecuting the party concerned.
A Customs spokesman said, "Customs will continue to take stringent enforcement action against short-weight activities to protect consumers' interests and to uphold a fair trading environment."
Under the Weights and Measures Ordinance, any person who in the course of trade supplies goods to another person by weight or measure should supply the goods in net weight or net measure. Any shortage of the quantity purporting to be supplied is an offence. The maximum penalty is a fine of $10,000.
Hong Kong Customs appeals to the public to report any cases of suspected breaching of the Weights and Measures Ordinance to the department by calling the 24-hour hotline 2545 6182.
Ends/Tuesday, June 7, 2016