Tajikistan to fine importers of low-quality food


DUSHANBE -- The Tajik government plans to fine importers of low-quality food, Asia-Plus reported Tuesday (December 4).

Parliament is reviewing the draft amendments to the country's administrative code.

The law presently requires only the destruction of low-quality or expired food without penalties for anyone at fault.

If the proposal takes effect, companies violating the law would face a fine of 25,000-35,000 TJS ($2,600-$3,700), said one official. Negligent government officials who allowed the imports would face fines of 7,500-10,000 TJS ($796 to $1,062).

Repeated violations would be punishable by a fine ranging from 35,000-50,000 TJS ($3,700-$5,300) for companies and from 25,000-50,000 TJS ($2,600-$5,300) for government officials.

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