Restaurants caught using ‘fake’ Milo, Nescafe

by FARA AISYAH / pic by BERNAMA

THE Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) has opened two cases under section 5(1) (b) of the Trade Descriptions Act 2011 against restaurants using false trade descriptions which uses “Milo” as the subject.

KPDNHEP director of enforcement Datuk Iskandar Halim Sulaiman (picture) said the ministry has inspected 881 dining premises and restaurants across the country from Oct 7-27.

He added that the ministry has been receiving complaints from consumers recently regarding false statements on restaurants’ menus, including using the “Milo” and “Nescafe” brands.

“It is because the drinks provided by merchants are of other brands with qualities which are not what consumers’ desire.

“This treatment clearly shows the use of false trade descriptions on goods or food offered by merchants or restaurants,” Iskandar Halim said in a statement.

He added that the written menu is a form of trade description referred to by customers for information before ordering food and drink.

As such, he said the fake and misleading trade information given to consumers is an offense under the Trade Descriptions Act 2011.

KPDNHEP reminded restaurants and premises to comply with the law and if found committing an offense under Section 5(1)(b) of the Trade Descriptions Act 2011, owners of such businesses will be fined not exceeding RM250,000 and for the second offense or the next, a fine not exceeding RM500,000.

For errant non-corporation owners, they would be fined not exceeding RM100,000 or imprisoned for a term not exceeding three year or both, and for the second or subsequent offense, fined not more than RM250,000 or imprisoned for a term not over five years or both.

Meanwhile, KPDNHEP had conducted a total of 67,217 inspections and monitoring of face mask prices, as well as supplies throughout the country from Jan 29 to Oct 25.

From the inspection, a total of 73 cases were opened with RM543,737 seizure value, involving a total of RM518,400 worth of compound.

The government has lowered the ceiling price for face masks from RM1 per unit to 70 sen, which took effect on Nov 1.

For wholesale purchase, the three-ply face masks (surgical/ medical) has been reduced from 95 sen per unit to 65 sen per unit.

The wholesale price for one-ply face masks with ear loop is capped at five sen, two-ply face masks with ear loop at 16 sen and N95 face masks at RM5.

The new maximum retail price for the one-ply type is seven sen, two-ply is 20 sen and N95 is RM6.