National Consumer Commission probing 7 retailers over ginger, garlic price spike

The commission said that the investigation was launched following complaints by consumers about excessive price hikes since the national lockdown.

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JOHANNESBURG - The steep increase in ginger and garlic prices has prompted another investigation - this time by the National Consumer Commission.

The commission is probing seven major retailers for alleged price gouging.

These include Pick n Pay, Woolworths, Food Lover's Market, the Shoprite Group and Boxer amongst others.

The commission said that the investigation was launched following complaints by consumers about excessive price hikes since the national lockdown.

The prices of garlic and ginger have skyrocketed as many people believe they help fight against COVID-19 related diseases.

READ: No evidence ginger, lemon, garlic combo prevents COVID-19 infections - experts

The commission's Phetho Ntaba said that suppliers implicated faced a fine of up to R1 million.

"This was done to protect consumers against unconscionable, unfair, unreasonable, unjust or improper commercial practices during the national disaster."

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