Hong Kong Customs exposes roast meat shops for weights and measures fraud

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3rd April 2024 – (Hong Kong) Hong Kong Customs has publicly exposed seven roast meat shops in the city for engaging in weights and measures fraud. These shops were found to have deceived customers by providing a lesser amount of goods than what was paid for.

The Ching Ming Festival, is a significant occasion for Chinese families to honour their ancestors by visiting their gravesites, cleaning the surroundings, and offering traditional food dishes, including roast meat.

During a two-week test-buy operation, Hong Kong Customs discovered that the quantity of goods offered by the seven implicated shops differed from the agreed amount by 7.5 to 20 per cent. Importantly, the shops did not employ defective weighing and measuring equipment. Instead, customs officers suspect that oral misrepresentation played a role in these fraudulent practices.

The seven shops identified are located in Hung Hom, Wong Tai Sin, North Point, Cheung Sha Wan, Shau Kei Wan, and Tsuen Wan. In light of this revelation, the public is advised to remain vigilant when it comes to the weighing process conducted by sellers. It is recommended to utilise “public scales” to verify the weight of purchased goods.

The Customs spokesman emphasised that offenders found guilty of weights and measures fraud could face fines of up to HK$10,000. Additionally, possessing defective weighing and measuring equipment may result in fines of up to HK$25,000.