Dominican Republic: Proconsumidor will apply “drastic sanctions” to business owners who sell adulterated drinks

The executive director of the National Institute for the Protection of Consumer Rights (Proconsumidor), Eddy Alcántara, announced this Monday that they will apply “drastic sanctions” to business owners who are found to be selling adulterated alcoholic beverages and said that this institution is working actively and firmly to identify those establishments that incur in this illicit and criminal practice.

During a press conference, the head of Proconsumidor explained that since last week they have been carrying out extensive operations in Greater Santo Domingo and towns in the interior of the country, in which 219 businesses have been inspected ex officio in search of adulterated alcoholic beverages and products unfit for human consumption.

He said that as a result of these inspections, three establishments were closed for the presence of pests, among other non-conformities in violation of the consumer protection law.

Alcántara, who spoke during a press conference together with Pro Consumidor’s Administrative Deputy Director, María Teresa Paulino, and the Technical Deputy Director, Raquel Hoepelman, said that once they have the results of these tests “and if it is proven that some of these drinks are counterfeit, we will be drastic with the owners of these establishments, starting with the closing of the business and the subjection to the justice of these people.”


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