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Farm owner convicted of supplying strawberries with false trade description

6 March 2019


A farm owner was convicted and fined $5,000 today (March 6) at Tuen Mun Magistrates' Courts for supplying strawberries to which a false trade description had been applied, in contravention of the Trade Descriptions Ordinance (TDO).

Hong Kong Customs earlier received information alleging the sale of strawberries with a false trade description at a farm. Customs officers later conducted a test-buy operation at a pick-your-own farm in Yuen Long and purchased strawberries labelled as the Japan Fukuoka Prefecture Hakata Amaou variety.

After examination by the Government Laboratory and the variety owner, the strawberries were confirmed to be not of the declared variety.

Customs reminds traders to comply with the requirements of the TDO and consumers to procure products at reputable shops.

Under the TDO, any person who supplies goods with a false trade description in the course of trade or business, or is in possession of any goods for sale with a false trade description, 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 its dedicated crime-reporting email account (crimereport@customs.gov.hk).

 

Ends/Wednesday, March 6, 2019

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