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Gov't proposes fine increase for standard, food acts breaches

Published:Monday | April 30, 2012 | 12:00 AM

THE GOVERNMENT is proposing to increase the fine for persons who breach the Standards Act and Processed Food Act.

At present, persons found guilty of an offence are liable on conviction to a fine of $500,000 and, in the case of a continuing offence, to a further fine of $100,000 for every day on which the offence is continued, or to imprisonment with or without hard labour for a term of 12 months.

Under the proposed revision, of the Standards Act, the fine is to be increased to $3 million.

Persons convicted also face the possibility of confinement for up to 12 months.

"The prevalence of non-compliance with the provision of the act necessitates revision of the offences under the act," the memorandum of objects and reasons of the bill states.

It said the fines and penalties for breach of the provision of the act are inadequate and no longer sufficient, punitive or operate as an effective deterrent.

Offence

Under the Standards Act, any person who makes any statement or representation, whether in writing or not, or uses any mark with reference to any commodity, process or practice, which conveys or is likely to convey the impression that a person who is not licensed to use a standard mark with reference to that commodity, process or practice is so licensed or is otherwise entitled to use a standard mark, is guilty of an offence.

A breach of the Processed Food Act will see the fine being increased from $200 to $3 million.