Japanese chain restaurant convicted of applying false trade description

Hong Kong (HKSAR) -      A Japanese chain restaurant was fined a total of $36,000 today (March 15) at Kowloon City Magistrates' Courts for supplying a barbecue buffet with a false trade description, in contravention of the Trade Descriptions Ordinance (TDO).

     Acting on information, Hong Kong Customs conducted a test-buy operation at the chain restaurant in May last year. After investigation, it was revealed that some food and drink items were not available to customers, contrary to the contents of the advertisement.

     Customs reminded traders to comply with the requirements of the TDO and consumers to procure services at reputable shops.

     Under the TDO, any person who supplies goods with a false trade description in the course of trade or business, or in possession of any goods for sale with a false trade description, commits an offence. The maximum penalty upon conviction is a fine of $500,000 and imprisonment for five years.

     Members of the public may report any suspected violations of the TDO to the Customs 24-hour hotline 2545 6182.

Published on: 2017-03-15

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