According to apress release, the objective of the intensive inspection, to be concluded on Tuesday, May 6, 2020, is to provide protection for consumers and ensure continuous compliance with standard regulations.
The said exercise will only be conducted from Mondays to Thursdays, (9:00Am – 3:00PM), meaning that Fridays, Holidays and Weekends are excluded.
The release said the six-week inspection will be guided by the Commerce Ministry’s General Inspection Guidelines, with focus on four cardinal areas, including, but not limited to: English Labeling, Business Registration Compliance, Adulterated Products and Price Tagging of Goods.
The inspection will affect building/construction materials, electronic/electrical materials, stationery stores, video clubs, motels, hotels bars. Mini-marts, restaurants, provision and diary product shops as well as foreign exchange bureaux.
The Ministry of Commerce and Industry also said its Metrology Division at the National Standards Laboratory will also carry out a routine Quarterly verification ofGas Stations, along with weights and scales at all establishments, where relevant, including supermarkets, butcheries, and scrap dealers.
According to the release, the essence of theGas Stations Verification is to ensure that consumers receive the required quantity of petroleum products and other consumable goods that are purchased from gas stations and other relevant business areas throughout the country.
Meanwhile the Senior Management Team (SMT) at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry has instructed all inspectors and concerned departments to ensure that the Six-Week Inspection is extended throughout the Republic of Liberia, to guarantee good health and safety for the entire citizenry.
At the same time, the Ministry is urging all those concerned, mainly the business community to cooperate with its inspectors to avoid embarrassment.