The businesses were sanctioned for not complying with the measures stipulated in the framework of the social and compulsory isolation decreed by the government.
Twelve supermarkets were closed and dozens of shops were penalized for raising prices beyond the maximum government taxes. within the framework of the social, preventive and obligatory isolation decreed by the Nation throughout the Argentine territory.
In Santiago del Estero, nine supermarkets were closed; one in Salta, one in Mendoza and one in Buenos Aires; as well as seven other small businesses selling food, while dozens of minutes were issued with fines in Chaco, Jujuy, Corrientes, Neuquén and Tierra del Fuego.
In the north and in Cuyo, most of the sanctions were issued, while in Santiago del Estero, nine supermarkets and seven fruit and vegetable stores that are located in the Cooperativa del Mercado Concentrador (Comeco) were closed by breach of the maximum price list.
In Salta, through the Ministry of Consumer Defense, it was reported that a branch of the Carrefour chain was closed for raising prices excessively without bringing the maximum prices back to March 6, as established by the National Executive.
In Resistencia, Chaco, yesterday minutes were drawn up after carrying out controls on supermarkets and pharmacies for complaints of price increases.
The undersecretary of Industry and Commerce of the commune, Sergio Vallejos, said that “verifications were made in the establishments denounced and the respective minutes were drawn up that will be sent to the Undersecretary’s Office for Consumer Protection of the province“
In San Salvador de Jujuy, around twenty commercial infringement acts were carried out yesterday for surcharges, issued by the Consumer Defense office for detecting high prices on basic necessities, the provincial government reported.
The provincial director of Legal Affairs of Jujuy, Sebastián Albesa, anticipated Télam that “with the act of infringement the administrative procedure begins where they are given the right of defense through a defense”.
In Mendoza, in the provincial municipality of Guaymallén, a supermarket was closed on Saturday because there were more people than recommended due to emergency measures due to the coronavirus pandemic.
This happened after a customer broke the quarantine and was reported by employees and customers upon arrival at the store.
In San Luis, closings have not yet been registered and no minutes have been drawn up, and the director of Commerce and Consumer Defense of the province, Alberto Montiel Díaz, stated that maximum price controls are being carried out to avoid shortages and overpricing in foods.
In the Litoral, controls were also multiplied. In Entre Ríos, where no closings or fines have yet been made, the head of Consumer Defense, Pablo Luciano, stated that after carrying out stock inspections together with AFIP, “no or very little availability of gel alcohol was detected in pharmacies and supermarkets, due to permanent over-demand. “
In Corrientes, agents from the Ministry of Industry, Labor and Commerce, issued acts to supermarkets for failing to meet maximum prices and among the findings, they detected a long-life milk of a liter that was to be sold for $ 60 and was offered in a gondola for $ 82.90 .
For her part, in La Pampa, the director of Consumer Defense, Florencia Ravario confirmed to Telam today that a crisis committee was set up with the Trade Directorate in the face of the situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic and noted that there is no careful price control moment.
Finally, in Patagonia, the authorities of the Fuegian municipality of Río Grande fined the supermarket chains La Anónima and Carrefour after having found “indiscriminate price increases”.
According to the officials, the premises of these supermarket chains verified “the non-compliance with maximum prices established by the national government.”
In Neuquén, the provincial government confirmed that “there was a remarking of prices to the detriment of consumers”. It ruled that “this is not the time for abusive practices or to indiscriminately increase prices.”
In addition, he announced that minutes were drawn up that will be sanctioned with “heavy fines,” explained Ricardo Corradi Diez, Minister of Citizenship of Neuquén.
Finally, in Bariloche, Rio Negro, Patricia Díaz, the undersecretary of Civil Protection of Bariloche, indicated that “the measures were deepened according to the provisions of the Nation and there were still no events that required sanctions for non-compliance.”
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