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Most fruit stalls in night market don't label prices: Taipei

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Taipei City Government yesterday said that of the 51 sliced-fruit stalls in 11 night markets inspected over the past six months, nearly 70 percent did not have prices clearly labeled.

The inspections began after the government received a complaint in October last year from a tourist alleging that one stall owner sold his products at exorbitant prices.

Chen Hsin-cheng (陳信誠), Taipei City Government chief consumer ombudsman, said of the 11 night markets inspected, 35 packaged fruit stalls were discovered to have been clearly displaying product prices, while 27 stalls, or 53 percent, used uncertified digital scales to determine prices.

Chen said that, following the inspections, the stalls have begun labeling their product prices or have started to use government-certified digital scales.

Taipei City Department of Health official Wang Ming-li (王明理) said that of the 51 stalls, 11 had violated regulations by adding sweeteners, an offense punishable by fines of up to NT$30,000 per establishment, according to Articles 18 and 47 of the Food Sanitation Act.

Taipei City Police Department said that over the past six months it has fined 18 sliced-fruit stalls for disrupting traffic, with fines of NT$1,200 for each.

Hsu Hsuan-mou (許玄謀), vice director at the Taipei City Market Administration Office (MAO), said in order to enhance food sanitation and elevate the image of night markets among tourists, the office will conduct random inspections to sliced-fruit stalls.

Hsu added that the MAO will especially increase the number of inspections between October and December, the high season for mainland tourists in Taiwan.

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