Hong Kong Customs combats unfair trade practices at ginseng and dried seafood shop

8 May 2018

Hong Kong Customs today (May 8) arrested a salesman of a ginseng and dried seafood shop suspected to have applied a false trade description in the sale of dried Milk Thistle seed in contravention of the Trade Descriptions Ordinance (TDO).

Customs earlier received information alleging that a salesman of a ginseng and dried seafood shop in Mong Kok made a false claim to a customer, causing the customer to believe that the dried Milk Thistle seed was priced per tael. After the goods were ground, the salesman revealed that the dried goods was priced per mace.

After investigation, Customs today arrested a 29-year-old man.

Investigation is ongoing and the arrested man has been released on bail pending further investigation.

Customs reminds traders to comply with the requirements of the TDO and consumers to purchase products from reputable shops. Consumers should also be cautious about the unit price and ask for more information, including the total price of the goods selected, before making a purchase decision.

Under the TDO, any person who applies a false trade description to any goods, or supplies goods with a false trade description in the course of trade or business, commits an offence. The maximum penalty upon conviction is a fine of $500,000 and imprisonment for five years.

Members of the public may report any suspected violations of the TDO to the Customs 24-hour hotline 2545 6182 or dedicated crime-reporting email account (crimereport@customs.gov.hk).

Ends/Tuesday, May 8, 2018

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