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App seeks to catch expired products sold in stores

The ministries of Public Health and Industry & Commerce have issued an invitation to programmers to enter a contest for developing an app that will enable people to use their mobile phones to report expired products sold in stores. Karina Mena, director of the Food, Pharmaceuticals and Sanitary Product Agency (Digemaps) and deputy minister of Industry and Commerce, Ignacio Méndez made the announcement.

Mena said that the “hackathon” is also aimed at deterring the sale of fraudulent pharmaceuticals. The app would include a rumor-reporting mechanism so that normal citizens can report infractions when in the store through their mobile or other electronic media.

The plan is also to use the app at airports and ports to detect fraudulent merchandise.*

Prizes are RD$150,000 for the winner, RD$100,000 second place, and RD$75,000 third place.

Source: DR1, Mic

Nov 18, 2016

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