Settlement Products Account for Significant Proportion of Detected Expired Goods

Israeli separation wall divides Shuafat Refugee Camp, Pisgat Zeev Israeli Settlement in West Bank

RAMALLAH, September 13, 2014 – (WAFA) –Israeli settlement products accounted for a significant percentage of expired goods detected by the Consumer Protection Directorate’s crews, stated Saturday the Ministry of National Economy.

According to a report issued by the Consumer Protection Directorate, Israeli products and settlement goods accounted for a very significant (about 98%) of expired products detected by the directorate’s crews in the Palestinian market. The Palestinian products in contrast accounted for only 1.9% of expired products.

The Ministry ascribed the sharp decline of expired Palestinian products in local market to the Palestinian manufacturers and traders’ compliance to the relevant laws and regulations in force, the interest to reinforce the competitiveness of Palestinian products, the persistent control over products in the local market and the Palestinians’ demand on local products which has been increasing in the wake of recent campaigns to promote the boycott of Israeli products following the last Israeli onslaught on the Gaza Strip.

The Directorate’s crews detected the Israeli and settlement products during tours that involved inspecting the expiry dates and the confiscation of expired products. The directorate crews conducted 350 inspection tours, inspecting products in 2,345 local stores.

The Ministry documented cases of forgery and disinformation involving some Israeli traders relabeling contraband settlement products  and promoting them as being originally made in Israel. Other cases involved other Israeli traders forging the place of production and place of origin in an attempt to make these products in line with the relevant Palestinian standards.

The Ministry pointed out that the detected expired products included food, tobacco, beverages, crude oil and other petroleum products, animal and vegetable oils, fats, chemicals, manufactured products, equipment and transportation tools.

Source: WAFA