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COVID-19 update: CHSA calls on CMA to investigate unscrupulous traders

Published 15th July, 2020 by Neil Nixon

COVID-19 update: CHSA calls on CMA to investigate unscrupulous traders

The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association (CHSA) has written to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) requesting it investigate possible profiteering by unscrupulous organisations capitalising on the exceptional demand for cleaning and hygiene products. The CHSA has requested the investigation particularly examine the delisting of reputable companies by online trading platforms, in favour of organisations charging exceptionally high prices.

Lorcan Mekitarian, chair of the CHSA, said: “It seems very clear unscrupulous organisations are profiteering on the extraordinary demands for cleaning products like hard surface sanitisers, hand sanitisers, wipes, gloves, masks, aprons, and sacks. With very high prices, they are ripping off buyers of these products. It also appears online trading platforms may be giving these organisations preferential listings. If this proves to be the case, it needs to be stopped. In contrast, our members are trading ethically, working hard to meet demand with reasonably priced product compliant with industry standards.”

Every member of the CHSA has signed its rigorous code of practice, which requires members to be ‘well established in the cleaning and hygiene industry and to maintain a high standard in the conduct of its business’.

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