The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) has scored big this year, amassing a substantial Rs.220 million from fines imposed on errant traders. Asela Bandara, the CAA’s media spokesperson, revealed that these fines were a consequence of cracking down on various illegal practices rampant among traders.
Bandara highlighted that the fines were levied on traders engaged in activities such as price gouging, illegal stockpiling, failure to display prices, and the sale of expired products. The crackdown has been extensive, with a staggering 22,000 raids conducted nationwide to ensure compliance with regulations.
Of these raids, a significant portion—19,000 cases—resulted in prosecution, signaling the strict enforcement and zero-tolerance approach adopted by the CAA.