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Belait businesses pass weighing machine inspections

A joint operation on business premises in the Belait District recently found 13 units of weighing machines used for trade purposes to be verified, accurate and registered in accordance with Chapter 151 of the Weights and Measures Act 1983, and Chapters 3 (1) and (2) of the Weights and Measures (Verification) Regulations 1994.

The joint operation was conducted by the Industry and Business Ecosystem Division (IBE) through Weights and Measures Unit (SDT) and Department of Economic Planning and Statistics (DEPS) through the Department of Consumer Affairs under the Ministry of Finance and Economy.

Meanwhile, the DEPS issued warning notices to two business premises for selling cooking oil and infant formula milk above the maximum price set under Chapter 142 of the Price Control Act.

The SDT in a statement reminded retailers to ensure that pre-packed goods sold to consumers present a correct visible and clear indication of the net weight or measure of the product as stated in Chapter 151 of the Weights and Measures Act 1983.

The failure to comply is an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine of BND500 and three months’ imprisonment.

Retailers were also reminded to display prices clearly and not mislead consumers.

The failure to comply is liable to a compound fine not exceeding BND1,000, and a maximum fine of BND20,000 and five years’ imprisonment for subsequent offences. – James Kon

Enforcement officers checking a weighing machine during the joint operation. PHOTO: SDT
The joint operation in progress. PHOTO: SDT

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