Local Goods – Cottage Industry (Ongoing)

Local Goods – Cottage Industry (Ongoing)

Officers observed a variety of local goods originating from the cottage industries that needed to meet the requirements of the Fair Trading (Consumer Protection) Product Labelling and Trade Description Regulations. The project was initiated to enforce the regulations concerning Section 74 of FTA, 2022, for pre-packed food, processed food and beverages manufactured locally. A database was formulated to keep the information collected during the inspections for our records and facilitate tackling and implementing the action plan. The Commission also received a list of food manufacturers from the Enterprise Seychelles Agency (ESA). An inspection form was also finalized, which would be used to gather information from the cottage industries. During these inspections, issues arose concerning the contact information of the suppliers, with retailers needing help giving officers any contact details. In addition, most of the suppliers are not registered and can sometimes choose to pause or stop their operations for specific periods.

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