DIT to inspect New Year’s gift baskets at retail shops

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BANGKOK, 6 Dec 2013 The Department of Internal Trade (DIT) is stepping up inspections of New Year’s gift baskets in a bid to prevent vendors from charging unfair prices and including out-of-date goods in the hampers. 

According to Director General Somchart Sroythong, his department will tighten the examination of the baskets, in order to ensure fairness to consumers with the New Year season coming round the corner. He said the inspection has begun since early this month and will be concluded by the end of the New Year festival.

Mr. Somchart said that vendors must abide by the law to show the list of goods in the basket which includes their prices, expiry dates, the cost of the basket and service fee.

Furthermore, from the middle of this month when migrant workers starting to return home in the provinces, the DIT will tighten the inspections at shops within bus terminals and train stations.