FCCPC Busts Deceptive Rice Weight Claims In Garki Modern Market

By Sunday Etuka, Abuja

The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) has uncovered deceptive rice weight claims by traders in Garki Modern Market in Abuja.

Dr. Adamu Abdullahi, Ag. Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the Commission in a statement on Thursday said,  the fraudulent activity was revealed during a targeted enforcement operation conducted at the Market on Wednesday.

He said, the action was part of the Commission’s ongoing efforts to protect consumer rights and interests, as mandated by the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Act (FCCPA) 2018, particularly under Sections 17(l)(s), 116(2), 124, 125, 138, and 155.

The FCCPC boss added that the operation aimed to verify the accuracy of product claims on 25kg and 50kg bags of rice.

“Our findings revealed discrepancies between the weight claims and the actual content. Such practices not only violate the FCCPA but also exploit consumers through deceptive means.

“Consequently, we have issued summons to the perpetrators. They are required to appear before the Commission and provide written undertakings to cease these deceptive practices.

“A Mutual Supervisory Understanding (MSU) will also be issued to monitor compliance. As we approach the festive season, like every other season, the FCCPC encourages consumers to demand and insist on full value for money.

“We advise verifying the weight of rice packages to align with stated claims and report any inconsistencies through the complaint tab on our website”, he said.

Dr. Abdullahi noted that “in accordance with Section 125 of the FCCPA, businesses must not make false or deceptive representations about material facts to consumers.

“Section 138 further places liability on manufacturers, importers, distributors, and suppliers for breach of implied obligations by law, including product claims.

“The Commission is committed to safeguarding consumer rights and will continue to relentlessly pursue fairness in the marketplace”, he said.

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