The Department of Competition and Consumer Affairs (DCCA), Department of Economic Planning and Statistics (DEPS) conducted a follow-up visit to meat vendors in Pasar Gadong on June 5 and found full compliance to both the Seasonal Maximum Price (SMP) Directive and Price Display Regulation.
All buffalo and cattle meat vendors in Pasar Gadong were found to have complied with the SMP Directive on beef and buffalo meat that was capped at BND13 per kilogramme until June 11.
The inspection also found price labels that clearly displayed prices for price-controlled meats, as well as prices of premium and portion cuts, to allow consumers to make informed purchase decisions. The DCCA commended the vendors for following the government directive.
Prior to the follow-up visit, all meat vendors had already been issued with warnings related to price display offences and for failing to adhere to the SMP Directive. They are advised to continuously comply with government directives and ensure ethical business practices are observed at all times, including by displaying valid prices clearly for price transparency towards safeguarding consumer interests.
However, all retailers are encouraged to continue to be competitive in their prices.
Meanwhile, to find the most value for money, the public is encouraged to compare prices of meat and other food items between wet markets and supermarkets, as well as to make use of the price comparison function and the price list of monitored items in the PenggunaBijak app and the DEPS official website.
The public may reach the DCCA related to issues or concerns on prices set under the SMP Directive through Darussalam Line 123, the PenggunaBijak mobile app or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.