As Weah’s Pro-Poor Gov’t Policy Tackles ‘Distasteful’ Businesses, Commerce Ministry Fined Abi Jaoudi US$75,000.00 For Selling Expired Commodities

Prof. Wilson Tarpeh, Minister of Commerce & Industry addressing journalist on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at the Ministry

In its bid to bring dignity in the Liberian business community and to actualize the Liberian Government Pro-Poor policy aimed affording all Liberians to enjoy the rights of their Country, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry this week fined another Lebanese business entity, the Abi Jaoudi & Azar Trading Company, owner of the Abi Jaoudi Supermarket the amount of US$75,000.00 in Monrovia for selling expired goods including meat and other food stuffs.

Addressing a news conference on Monday, March 13, 2018 at the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Minister Wilson Tarpeh said, “Our routine inspection found that a business named Abi Jaoudi & Azar Trading Company on Randall Street, Monrovia, had in its storage unwholesome and expired meeat and associate products on their premises. This practice is a violation of the Section 1.12 of the General Business Law of the Republic of Liberia and Section 26.2 of the Public Health Law of Liberia,” Professor Tarpeh addressing journalists noted.

He said at a conference between his Ministry and the business entity when confronted with these findings; namely the meat and the associated products ‘Whose expiration dates back as far as 2016, the Company admitted to the violation, stressing, “It is in this spirit and taken into account that this is the first known offense, that a fine of US$75,000.00 has been imposed on Abi Jaoudi for blatantly, deliberately and willfully violating Section 26.2 of the Public Health Law of Liberia,” Prof. Tarpeh said.

Concluding, Prof. Tarpeh said, “The time for indiscriminate price hiking of our essential commodities, distribution and sale of substandard goods, expired food and non-food items, chaos and disorder in the commerce and trade of Liberia are over. The time when business owners would assault their employees, government officials for doing their jobs and then go with impunity are also over,” Prof Tarpeh warning the Liberian business community stressed.

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