St Lucia is considering legislation against retailers hiking prices as the government stresses its full commitment to protecting the interest of consumers and rising to the challenges posed by COVID-19.
The Consumer Affairs Department said in addition to monitoring price-controlled items, price gouging legislation is being considered.
“The Department is appealing to the business community to act responsibly, protect consumers from further harm and avoid price gouging,” says the department’s information officer, Merlicia Williams Davy. She said that goods such as sugar, rice, flour, cornmeal, cornflakes, oats, milk, tuna and corned beef are among price-controlled items.
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