Certain prices are increasing due to a higher demand – MCCAA

A shelf with soap and body wash is seen in a shop in Vienna, Austria March 14, 2020. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Prices of some products have increased due to a higher demand for them, according to the Consumers Authority.

A spokesperson for the Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority (MCCAA) told Newsbook.com.mt that the authority is aware that consumers are finding increased prices of certain products due to a higher demand.

The spokesperson said that the MCCAA is assisting consumers with their rights, especially in relation to services which got cancelled or affected substantially due to the coronavirus pandemic. As of the last of February, the MCCAA answered more than 1,000 questions.

“The MCCAA is continuously monitoring the situation, to see if if any coemption laws were being broken. On the basis of the results of this monitoring we will be evaluating whether or not specific measures need to be put in place regarding prices,” said the spokesperson.

The spokesperson also explained that the MCCAA introduced a simplified and expedited process for distributors and importers who want to sell sanitisers. A similar process is being done for masks.

The MCCAA said that it is working with local operators to facilitate production of local alcohol-based disinfectant.

The MCCAA is continuing to offer its services online and through the number 23952000.

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