Fruit juice maker Del Monte Kenya has distanced itself from alleged unfair trade practices after it was fined Ksh 776,025 by the Competition Authority of Kenya; it says, “At no point was the quality, safety, and integrity of Del Monte Kenya’s products questioned.”
However, in a statement issued on Monday, Del Monte Kenya said it has reached an amicable settlement with CAK, after voluntarily amending a missing wording on the packaging of one of its products.
“At no point was the quality, safety, and integrity of Del Monte Kenya’s products questioned by the competition authority nor our high production and hygiene standards in dispute, but rather the omission of wording on the packaging of one of our products,” said Stergios Gkaliamoutsas, Del Monte Kenya Managing Director.
In a notice published in the Kenya Gazette on Friday, the CAK said the firm had contravened Section 55 (a) (i) of the Competition Act which deals with compliance of standards of goods.
“A person commits an offense when in trade in connection with the supply or possible supply of goods or services or in connection with the promotion by any means of the supply or use of goods or services falsely represents that goods are of a particular standard, quality, value, grade, composition, style or model or have had a particular history or particular previous use,” states the Act.