Chinese and Brazilian stores to be targeted as campaign continues – Analyst
The Government Analyst Food and Drug Department, (GAFDD) has said that emphasis will be placed on all foreign entities such as Brazilian and Chinese owned businesses that cater to the local market during their campaign against foreign branded goods.
This is according to a source attached to the GAFDD. This newspaper understands that such entities must clearly state that the products they market are intended for only foreigners.
This the only way that these businesses may be excluded from the campaign. However, checks will still be made by the GAFDD officials to ensure that the rules are applied.
In addition, the source said the GAFDD would be tracing all improperly labeled commodities back to the importers. This follows an announcement made by the GAFDD that it is pulling from the shelves of local retailers, all the foreign labeled food and drug items.
This newspaper understands that foreign owned companies that sell their goods to locals must take on the responsibility of the mandatory label requirements that all their labels should be in English because they cater for an English-speaking economy.
According to the source, GAFDD has been working with the importers, vendors and with every link on the local market to ensure that the consumer’s safety is not compromised.
The source added that it is important that all labels are written in English, so that consumers can make clear decisions while purchasing goods.
The source also stated that it is in compliance with the laws of Guyana that the labels on food, drugs and other commodities that are to be sold on the local market are clearly understood by all intended users.
When asked if time would be granted to the small vendors who wish to sell off the items, a spokesperson said that it is normal that small vendors, who do not want to comply, seek to stall. “These small vendors would usually ask for time but this is only a means of delaying the process.”
Small vendors had stated that their businesses would suffer tremendous losses, since a majority of the goods they sell have foreign labels. These vendors say that they purchase foreign branded goods because they cost less.
The law on food and drugs allows the GAFDD to seize and remove all improperly labeled items on the local market and prosecute those found in breach of the regulations.