As from Sunday 26 April 2020, the prices of additional basic commodities and sanitary products will be controlled in a bid to prevent profiteering and hoarding.
This was today announced by the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Protection, Mr Yogida Sawmynaden, during the daily press briefing of the National Communication Committee on Covid-19, held through videoconference at the New Treasury Building in Port Louis.
Those additional basic commodities include rice, cereals, butter, cheese, pasta products, and pulses. As regards sanitary products for which prices will be controlled, these are baby and adult diapers, sanitary towels, and washing products.
The Minister warned traders and distributors that their trading permits will be suspended if they fail to abide by the price control measures implemented by the Ministry of Commerce and Consumer Protection. He encouraged the population to call on the Hotline 185 to denounce illegal practices of traders.
Mr Sawmynaden recalled that the Officers of the Consumer Affairs Unit with the support of Health Inspectors from the Local Government, and Police Officers are working relentlessly and are on the field daily to track illegal traders. As at date, 2946 shops have been inspected and 2352 contraventions issued for the following malpractices: prices not affixed on shelves, prices higher than prescribed, and trading without business registration.