Fake Egg :
“CONSUMERS SAFETY IS A NATIONAL CONCERN”
I have no qualms agreeing with Consumers Association of Penang(CAP) on the issue of ‘˜fake eggs’ (“CAP: Fake or Deformed, the Eggs aren’t safe”, NST, 12 April 2011 at page 4)
However, ‘˜fake eggs’ is not the proper way of addressing the issue because the Veterinary Services Department have verified today that such eggs are of a lower grade and not fake in a literal meaning (“No Fake Eggs”, NST, 12 April 2011 at page 1).
Notwithstanding the statement issued by the Veterinary Services Department Director-General Datuk Dr Abdul Aziz, there are concerns relating to the lower grade eggs which deserves better treatment for consumers’ interest.
Director-General Datuk Dr Abdul Aziz was quoted as saying that “..the eggs seized from Pulau Tikus might have been spoilt, of lower quality, or rejected an d not cleared for sale to the public(“No Fake Eggs”, NST, 12 April 2011 at page 1).
Consumers must be protected from the sale of such unsafe eggs of whatever nature under both the Consumer Protection Act 1999 and the Trade Descriptions Act 1972. This is a matter of enforcement to ensure compliance with the Consumer Protection Act 1999 and the Trade Descriptions Act 1972.
Another area of concern is the violation of description of such eggs for sale to the general public. If these ‘˜bad’ or ‘˜unsafe’ eggs are not properly or clearly described, this is another violation of breach of the ‘˜Safety of Goods and Services’ provisions under Part III of the Consumer Protection Act 1999 and ‘˜False Representations’ provision under Part II of the same Act.
Eggs producers ‘”small or large-scale producers- must comply with the ‘˜Declaration of safety standards and compliance’ provisions under the Consumer Protection Act 1999 as well.
The relevant Ministries must improve their enforcement strategy to ensure that the provisions under the Consumer Protection Act 1999 and the Trade Descriptions Act 1972 are fully complied with to uphold public interest.
The sale of unsafe goods or class of unsafe goods which are likely to cause injury to any person or property or otherwise must be rigidly enforce at all times . The same rules apply to genetically-modified (GM) goods and products in the market under the greater philosophy of Consumerism Justice.
Jeong Chun Phuoc
Expert Consultant and an Advocate in Competitive Legal Intelligence(CLI),
and a Reader in Competitive Syariah Intelligence(CSI)
He can be reached at Jeongphu@yahoo.com
**The above professional analysis is the writer’s personal view and in no way represent the view/position of the research institutes/thinktanks/organisations to which he is currently attached to.