Consumer Affairs to visit supermarkets to check prices

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 20:00

Consumer Affairs officials are beginning to visit supermarkets to monitor the prices of goods on the shelves.

It comes as many complain about a lack of change in the prices since Value Added Tax was reduced from 15% to 12.5%.

The following is a statement from the Consumer Affairs Division:

"As part of its mandate to ensure fair pricing in the marketplace, and in line with its ongoing price monitoring programme, the Consumer Affairs Division (CAD) of the Ministry of Trade and Industry will monitor forty-two (42) supermarkets throughout the country, during the period 2-6 March, 2016.

On Thursday 3 March, 2016, the CAD team will visit the Winston’s, Massy, Persad’s and Peiping’s Supermarkets in the Point Fortin district from 10:00am. Look out for the Consumer Advocates in your area.

This exercise is critical towards providing you, the consumers, with modal prices to allow for informed purchases."