Wrong label attracts £15,000 penalty
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The National Measurement Office has issued a £15,000 variable monetary penalty to electrical distributors Pik-a-Pak after tests revealed that the energy performance of its IG3970 freezer did not match the claims on the energy label.
The freezer, an IGenix brand, which is owned by Pik-a-Pak, was found to be using 49.2% more energy, on average, than was claimed. Pik-a-Pak returned all of its stock of the IG3970 freezer to the manufacturer.
The financial penalty imposed on Pik-a-Pak takes into account: the level of detriment to the consumer; benefit to the company of selling the product as claimed on the label; and the company’s willingness to work with authorities.
“Stringent testing procedures have been implemented to ensure all products in the IGenix range conform to the EU ecodesign and energy information regulations,” said Geeta Brown, purchasing and marketing manager at IGenix.
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