The Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards (SLBS) says it has intercepted ‘non-conforming’ cigarettes that have entered the market illegally.
The product, Chase USA, 20 class cigarettes, does not conform to SLNS 27:2016 specification for labelling of Tobacco products (CRS 262013, MOD), to which compliance is mandatory, the SLBS observed in a press release.
According to the SLBS, it is working with the Saint Lucia Solid Waste Management Authority (SLSWMA) and the Saint Lucia Air and Seaports Authority (SLASPA) to control pilfering during transportation and disposal.
The Bureau has strongly advised members of the public not to purchase or use the product and warned vendors to cease sale and distribution.
It has also urged vendors to submit any stock in their possession to the Bureau.
“A person who sells, offers for sale or supplies to another person any goods, service, process or practice for which a compulsory standard is declared and which does not conform to that standard, commits an offence under section 32(a) of the Standards Act,” the Bureau noted.
The Bureau gave notice that it intends to prosecute anyone found selling or distributing the illegal cigarettes.
It warned that a person found guilty of an offence under Section 32 is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $10,000 and an additional penalty of $1,000 for every day on which the offence continues, or to imprisonment for 6 months.