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Hong Kong : Dishonest traders' stalls closed.

Customs officers this month seized 40.9 catties of dried abalone and 18.7 catties of ginseng with a total value of $230,000, and arrested seven women aged 42 to 59, in a crackdown on dried seafood and ginseng stalls' unfair trade practices. under the newly amended Trade Descriptions Ordinance.

Customs officers found unit prices of goods displayed for sale in three stalls were calculated by weight in taels, but the stall operators repeatedly avoided providing the goods' prices to consumers, with the intention of misleading them into believing that the goods' unit prices were calculated in catties.

The transaction values were 10 times more than a consumer would have expected while making a transactional decision.

The stalls were also found displaying price indications for the goods on placards in a manner that was unclear or hidden.

It is believed that the stalls' trade malpractice has contravened Section 13E of the newly amended Trade Descriptions Ordinance, which prohibits the misleading omission of material information in a trade in relation to a consumer.

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Date:Aug 16, 2013
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