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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

DTI warns public vs. mislabeled Christmas decors, unsafe products


By Ruby Leonora R. Balistoy

MALAYBALAY CITY NEWS ONLINE – As consumers bargain for Christmas decors when the cool “ber” months start September 1, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) urged millions of the buying public to be watchful and nosy of mislabeled products.

“This is to assure quality and safe use of the products, so that they really do get the best value for their money,” Provincial Director Ermedio Abang of DTI Bukidnon said.

He also warned consumers not to rush into buying fake or imitation products that are cheap.
“Consumers must check the labels and look for the brand or trade mark, name and address of manufacturer, country of manufacture, net quantity, and toxicity warning, 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.

“Those found not conforming to the minimum labeling requirements face administrative charges which include a maximum fine of Php300,000 per violation,” Abang said.