Armenia fines meat companies for insufficient labeling

2012-12-10 13:52:50 GMT2012-12-10 21:52:50(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

YEREVAN, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- Armenia's market watchdog said Monday it had imposed penalties on 21 meat companies for "misleading the public" with insufficient labeling.

The violations included failure to put all ingredients -- and in some case no ingredients -- on product labels, as well as the lack of meat in sausages, the State Commission for the Protection of Economic Competition (SCPEC) said when releasing the results of a months-long investigation into the country's meat market.

Such practices were against Armenia's law protecting fair competition, the SCPEC said.

The penalties were 1 percent of the companies' profits from last year, commission chairman Artak Shaboyan said.

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