A recent Consumer and Business Services (CBS) blitz targeted the Paskeville Field Days to enforce trader compliance with the law, as well as promote and protect the rights of consumers attending the event.
The regional inspection saw CBS officers visit a number of stalls over the two days, scrutinising trader compliance with Australian Consumer Law and other relevant legislation.
Commissioner for Consumer Affairs and Liquor and Gambling, Paul White, welcomed the results of the operation, which demonstrated the majority of traders were meeting their legal obligations.
“Various traders and suppliers were present at the Paskeville Field Days, ranging from cosmetic and clothing retails to solar installers and land agents, most of which were from the Yorke Peninsula area,” the Commissioner said.
“527 stalls were inspected for compliance with fair trading law, particularly in relation to trader obligations regarding refunds and warranties, and CBS officers did not detect any cases of non-compliance.
“Eleven building company stalls, seven solar installers and two land agent stalls were inspected, all of which were found to be meeting their requirements.
“However, several breaches were detected during the inspection of 16 liquor licence venues. A few of the venues were displaying incorrect, or no signage at all, but this was immediately rectified once raised by CBS officers.
“As part of the Paskeville Field Days blitz product safety inspections were performed on over 2,500 items for consumer use. CBS officers found 204 products to be non-compliant majority of which were cosmetics and sunglasses with incorrect labelling.
“Three stores in Kadina were also inspected to check compliance with product safety laws and no breaches were found.
The Commissioner said the event provided an opportunity to remind traders of their obligations under respective legislation and to do the right thing by their consumers.
“The Attorney-General's Department provided an information stand at the event where educational material and appropriate signage were supplied at the stand, to reiterate trader obligations and consumer rights.
“Telemarketing phone calls and the Do Not Call Register, as well as information relating to scams and refund rights, were points of interest raised by consumers to CBS at the event.”
“If consumers in the Paskeville area want more information about their rights, or have concerns about their dealings with traders, they should contact CBS on 131 882 or visit www.cbs.sa.gov.au.”