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Enforcement Action Taken Against 22 Grocery Retailers In 2016

By Donna Ahern
Enforcement Action Taken Against 22 Grocery Retailers In 2016

Following the publication of the Consumer Protection List (CPL) which shows that 22 enforcement actions were taken against grocery retailers in 2016, the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) has today (25 April) issued a reminder to grocery and convenience retailers that they must correctly display prices.

Reportedly, the CPL list, details enforcement action taken by the CCPC against traders who 'breached consumer protection legislation'.

According to Fergal O’Leary, Member of the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, “In 2016, we carried out 150 unannounced inspections of trader premises across Ireland to assess compliance with this important legislation."

The latest CPL shows that of the 40 enforcement actions taken by the CCPC in 2016, 22 were against 17 grocery retailers, such as supermarkets and convenience stores.

"These inspections led to enforcement action being taken against 17 grocery retailers who failed to comply with pricing legislation.”

The CCPC’s enforcement action in the grocery sector in 2016 is broken down as follows:
19 Fixed Payment Notices for breaching price display legislation; 16 grocery retailers across Ireland paid 19 Fixed Payment Notices for breaches of price display legislation. The penalty in each case was a fine of €300 to be paid within 28 days.

Three compliance notices issued to grocery retailers who charged more than the price displayed; Three grocery retailers were directed through Compliance Notices to address breaches of the Consumer Protection Act 2007, where traders charged more for a product than the price displayed.

© 2017 - Checkout Magazine by Donna Ahern

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