A third of fruit vendors don't show prices: CF
By Joy Lee ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Over 30 percent of vendors selling fresh fruits do not clearly mark the prices of the products, the Consumers' Foundation revealed yesterday.
October 2, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
The foundation randomly inspected 22 vendors selling freshly cut fruits at night markets during this August and September and discovered that seven of the vendors did not clearly mark the prices for fruits.
CF Chairman Mark Chang (張智剛) said that 90 percent of the vendors did not have a standard on the prices of the products.
“The vendors named the prices of the fruits based on their own subjective judgments instead of putting out clear signs (stating the prices of the) products,” Chang said.
According to the foundation, only two vendors in Shilin Night Market clearly marked the weights and prices for fruits out of the 22 vendors inspected.
Chang also said that the foundation's inspections brought to light some serious health concerns.
“Most vendors selling freshly cut fruits did not use refrigerating equipment when selling the products,” Chang said, adding that this “could result in health risks for customers.”
“Some vendors sell the fruits in plastic bags or boxes, so it will be difficult for customers to know if the vendors clean the fruits in advance or cut the fruits with sanitized knives,” Chang said.
According to Chang, vendors should not just put fruits into a container when selling them. Instead, they should make sure to keep the fruits fresh and also focus on environmental safety around the stands.
Consumers' Foundation Secretary-General Lei Li-fen (雷立芬) said that compared to fruits sold outside of Shilin Night Market, some freshly cut fruits sold in night markets sometimes taste sweeter, suggesting that some vendors might add saccharin that is not good for the human body.
“If customers feel thirsty after eating freshly cut fruits sold in night markets, it might be a result of vendors adding saccharin into fruits, an action that violates regulations,” Lei said.
Chang said that all vendors selling freshly cut fruits should clearly mark the prices of their products and authorities should enforce monitoring of the food safety in night markets in order to leave good impressions on international tourists.
The foundation also asked the authority to request that fresh fruit vendors provide electronic scales in order to protect consumers the and ensure a fair transactions.