DTI Ilocos Norte destroys substandard Christmas lights with fake ICC stickers

LAOAG CITY – The Department of Trade and Industry here destroyed hundreds of Christmas lights with fake Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) stickers from two business establishments as it intensified its campaign against substandard Christmas products.

The management of the two business establishments voluntarily handed over the 311 substandard Christmas lights for sale in their stores after the DTI inspection team issued a notice that the products have fake ICC stickers.

The DTI inspection team destroyed the Christmas lights by pounding them to pieces.

DTI regulates the sale of Christmas lights in the market to protect consumers from the hazards posed by substandard products such as electric shock and overheating that often lead to fire, property damages and even loss of lives.

The ICC sticker is an indication that the products have passed DTI’s mandatory safety tests.

As the holiday season approaches, DTI is reminding the public to be more vigilant in buying Christmas lights to prevent such untoward incidents. The agency is encouraging consumers to report to the nearest DTI regional or provincial office the establishments selling substandard or fake Christmas light products. (From a report by Joyce Segui, DTI)