YEREVAN, October 7. / ARKA /. Armenia’s State Commission for Protection of Economic Competition (SCPEC) said today it has revealed a number of breaches in the production of products labeled ‘bio’, "eco ", " organic ," and " eco-friendly."
Speaking at a SCPEC meeting Hayk Vardnayan, an anti-trust body’s expert on unfair competition, said the study revealed that some companies producing bakery products, sweets, honey, preserves, cereals and tea, placed eco-labeling on the packages to mislead consumers.
These companies are Talin Food, Kalach, Conser, Armavir Cannery, New Wave, Rafael Contini Trading Company, G. Hyusyan and Amarti .
He said the law says that the terms "organic", "eco", "eco-friendly" and " bio " may be written on packages only if the company has an appropriate certificate, but none of this companies has it.
SCPEC head Artak Shaboyan said representatives of these companies claimed they were not familiar with the relating law and therefore the breaches were unintentional.
He said this in mind, SCPEC decided not to penalize the companies on condition that they eliminate the breaches within ten days.
Shaboyan said also a study of non-food products found eco-labels placed on a number of detergent and hygienic goods, but added that the legislation regulates the labeling only of foods and therefore the agency will submit a legislative initiative to the economy ministry to fill in this gap. -0-