Companies with Austrian capital in Romania break the law to deceive customers

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The Romanian authorities prove without a doubt that the companies with Austrian capital that operate on the Romanian market violate the law, the European commercial rules and thus induce error among customers.
Thus, Hervis Sports, Agrana Romania and OMV Petrom were fined by the National Authority for Consumer Protection (ANPC) with 172,000 lei, after several irregularities were found, including incorrect commercial practices, lack of translation into Romanian of information on on the product label.
ANPC conveyed, on Friday, through a press release, that recently, the commissioners of the institution have carried out checks on important economic operators from different fields of activity, including SC Hervis Sports and Fashion SRL, Agrana România SRL and SC OMV Petrom Marketing SRL, to check how they comply with the legislation in force, in the field, during the commercial act.
Among the deviations recorded during the control were: the lack of translation into Romanian of the various information on the product label; equivocal indication of the prices of marketed food supplements; non-observance of information characteristic of promotions, respectively failure to specify the type of discount and the period of its implementation. Unfair commercial practices were also discovered.
Thus, a violation of professional diligence was found, in the case of Hervis Sports and Fashion SRL, the incorrect practices identified in the marketing campaigns of OMV Petrom Marketing SRL referred to the misleading of consumers regarding the purchase of fuels. At the same time, ANPC also specified that the deceptive practice of Agrana România SRL was to pack sugar in 1 kg paper or polyethylene bags, with the words “Origin from the EU and outside the EU” written on the packaging, without declaring the ingredient primary from which sugar is obtained – sugar beet and/or sugar cane.
According to EU legislation, it is mandatory to indicate the country of origin or the place of origin of the primary ingredient, when it differs from the country of origin or the place of origin of the food product, ANPC said. Fines in the total amount of 172,000 lei were given for the detected irregularities, non-compliant products were stopped from being sold and decisions were issued to stop the incorrect commercial practice.

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