From the “fake VietGAP vegetables” incident, think about boycott culture!

After information about “false clean vegetables” being collected at the market and then labeled with VietGap labels of Trinh Nhi Agricultural Products Co., Ltd. (also known as Trinh Nhi FoodsTNFoods) was brought into the WinMart supermarket system of WinCommerce, Masan Group) store on the e-commerce platform Tiki, many Dan Tri readers have expressed their displeasure at the lax management that affects people’s health and proposed to prosecute fraudulent businesses.</p >

Which unit protects consumer rights?

Commenting on the incident, reader Vu Lap Hien wrote: “Personally, I think Winmart somewhat not as professional and standard as Vinmart in the past. In the past, Vinmart never had wilted vegetables lying on the shelves. If wilted vegetables were immediately put in the basket by the staff… Conclusion: Overall, Winmart is still at the level of professional service and more reliable than many other supermarkets. somewhat lost compared to before. Consumers who accept going to Winmart (higher prices) to buy quality products are all meticulous people, so I hope Winmart will at least keep the old Vinmart spirit and not lose its brand. Losing customers would be a pity! .

“I kept hearing the advertisement “from wherefromwherefromwhere…” on TV and tried to find out where and where Winmart’s “clean vegetables” were grown by Masan. how. Went to Winmart to buy a bunch of dried spinach… and said it must be because it was clean so it had to be like that. Now I understand a little more, but there is no other choice” reader Phan Chung.

From the fake VietGAP vegetables

Customers buy vegetables at a supermarket. (Illustration photo. Source: TTXVN).

“Association Where is consumer protection?”Many readers expressed concern at the “silence” of this unit.

Reader Doc Nam expressed concern about the evidence. receive VietGAP: “Is VietGAP being managed too loosely? How many times a year does the Department of Crop Production inspect VietGAP growing facilities and certification agencies? Why is VietGAP so lenient? Has anyone compared the actual output (eg how many tons) of VietGAP products produced on the farm and the output VietGAP sold from that farm that supermarkets/food stores buy? There could be a big hole from this!”.

Many readers wondering about the solution only see the supermarket handling the request for compensation from the supplier; but they don’t see anything. How will supermarkets compensate customers who buy fake VietGAP products? So from a legal perspective, besides the product supplier, which organizations and individuals are responsible?

“When sanctions are not strong enough, boycotts are a useful tool for consumers to help brands change their behavior”

Talk with a reporter from Dan Tri newspaper Lawyer Tran Xuan Tien, Head of Dong Doi Law Office of the Hanoi Bar Association, said that the recent incident of some supermarket chains being exposed to food impersonating VietGAP is extremely sensitive. Many people are worried about the quality of their products have to pay high prices to buy “safe vegetables” and “meet VietGAP standards” at supermarkets, but in fact some companies collect vegetables at wholesale markets and label them with VietGAP and then sell them to supermarkets.

This shows that product quality management is not getting enough attention, especially in supermarkets – where many people who love clean food choose to choose. Because according to the general regulations of many supermarkets, they must periodically check and monitor the growing area of ​​the agricultural and food supplier.

It can be said that if the above regulations are followed, the agricultural and food products are of poor quality. Going to the supermarket is very difficult. However, we need to wait for the results of testing and investigation and verification by the authorities to have a basis to handle individuals and organizations that commit violations.

The lawyer said that based onClause 13, Article 3 of Decree 98/2020/ Decree-CP dated August 26, 2020 of the Government: “Goods of unknown origin are goods circulating on the market with no basis to determine the origin of the place of production. origin or origin of the goods.“.

Thus, the act of using VietGap’s labels to attach to goods of unknown origin and then providing them to supermarket chains is a violation of the law.

Accordinglythe act of trading in counterfeit goods, labels, and packaging of goods is a violation of the provisions of < strong>Article 11 of Decree 98/2020/ND-CP amended and supplemented by Decree 17/2022/ND-CPdepending on the nature and extent to which individuals and organizations carrying out this act will be punished. Prepare a record of administrative violations and must pay a fine of at least 1 million VND; the maximum is 50 million VND. In addition, the person who commits this act may also have the right to use the practice certificate revoked from 01 month to 03 months and remedial measures such as: Forced destruction of evidence of violations that are harmful to human health, animals, plants and the environment; Forced removal of infringing elements on counterfeit packaging labels or forced destruction of counterfeit goods; Forced to return illegal profits obtained from violations.

For the act of producing counterfeit goods and goods packaging, they will be prosecuted. fined according to the provisions of Article 12 of Decree 98/2020/ND – CP amended and supplemented by Decree 17/2022/ND-CP and may be fined up to 50 million VND. In addition to being subject to additional penalties as specified in Article 11, the individual or organization committing the act may also have part or all of the violating production activities suspended from 03 months to 06 months. .

Not only that, individuals and organizations may have to compensate consumers for damages, especially in situations where customers buy poor quality products that affect their health.

The lawyer added that green vegetables are a food used every day. If the management stage is not really effective, it can lead to unpredictable consequences. The consequences that dirty food brings to consumers do not immediately lead to illness, but they are secretly formed in the human body, destroying many generations.

Therefore, to limit When consumers’ rights are violated, the authorities need to tighten management, conduct reviews, inspections, and even make a record of penalties if violations are detected when goods of unknown origin are smuggled. into supermarket systems. In cases where individuals and organizations do not resolve or provide satisfactory solutions, boycott measures are needed to protect the rights of consumers.

In addition, supermarkets need to Being serious about checking the quality of supply sources periodically, we cannot close our eyes and let poor quality goods be sold on supermarket shelves. We must think that when customers come to the supermarket, they spend money and trust, so the value and quality of the products they receive must be commensurate.