In preparation for the upcoming Vegetarian Festival in Thailand, the Department of Internal Trade (DIT) has intensified its surveillance efforts, focusing especially on product prices.
Merchants guilty of overcharging or exploiting consumers will be prosecuted. The DIT has also launched a hotline, 1569, for consumers to report discrepancies or stores that do not display prices.
The Vegetarian Festival, scheduled from October 15 to 23, attracts a large number of consumers. This causes an uptick in the sale of vegan ingredients. Udom Srisomsong, Deputy Director General of the DIT, explained that the department’s main objective is not only to monitor business behaviours, but also to ensure that prices and volumes of products are properly displayed. This ensures that consumers are treated fairly and are not taken advantage of.
On-site visits to World Market, a leading supplier of vegan food ingredients located in the Taweewattana district, revealed that the majority of traders are compliant and openly display their selling prices, allowing consumers to make informed decisions. of cause.
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The general price trend seems stable, with small fluctuations compared to last year. Some products, such as agricultural proteins, are priced at 170-180 baht per kilogram, Chinese bamboo shoots at 350 baht per kilogram, and medium-sized Chinese mushrooms at 350-420 baht per kilogram.
On-site visits to World Market, a leading supplier of vegan food ingredients in the Taweewattana district, revealed that most traders are compliant and openly displaying their selling prices.
Udom stressed that sellers who do not display prices can face fines of up to 10,000 baht. Those who unreasonably inflate prices, hoard products or refuse to sell can face up to 7 years in prison, a fine of up to 140,000 baht, or both.