PNG bans food items with no labels in English

 FOOD items with non-English labels must be taken off the shelves by Sunday.
Traders who fail to comply face a fine of K100,000 or two years╩╝ imprisonment.
Independent Consumer Competition Commission acting chief executive officer Elastus Geroro said the Food Sanitation Act stipulated that labels on all food items sold in the country must be in English.
Geroro said the other reason for the ban was the threat to people’s health.
“Consumers needed to know what is in the food products. 
“Having them in a foreign language can be a health hazard especially for those with allergies,” he said.
“The ICCC will be closely monitoring the sale of non-English labeled products in shops throughout the country.”
Officers from the commission have been visiting retailers in the main commercial centres in Port Moresby, Goroka (Eastern Highlands), Lae (Morobe) and Kokopo (East New Britain) to notify traders of the ban.
The commission had carried out a survey in June last year and found that many food items sold around the country had labels in foreign languages.
The ban will be for 12 months.
The commission has urged members of the public to report any  breach of the ban.


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