DTI: Beware of unsafe Christmas decors, products-A A +A
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
MALAYBALAY CITY -- As consumers bargain for Christmas decors and products this month, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Bukidnon urged the buying public to be watchful of mislabeled products, to assure quality and safe use, so that they really get the best value for their money.
DTI Bukidnon provincial director Ermedio Abang in a statement warns consumers not to rush into buying fake or imitation products that are cheap.
"Consumers must check the labels such as the brand or trade mark, name and address of manufacturer, country of manufacture, net quantity, and toxicity warnings, if applicable," Abang said.
He also stressed that under the Consumer Act of the Philippines, the manufacturers, importers, distributors, and retailers are liable to consumers for injuries caused by defective and unsafe products as well as for the insufficient or inadequate information on the use of certain products and the hazards they pose.
"As provided in Republic Act 7394, those found not conforming to the minimum labeling and packaging requirements face administrative charges.
Criminal penalties include a fine of not less than P500 but not more than P20,000 or imprisonment of not less than three months but not more than two years per violation," Abang said. (PR)
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on September 12, 2013.