BACOLOD City – The Department of Tradeand Industry (DTI) in Negros Occidental warned stores to avoid overpricingNoche Buena items. Prices of ham range from P135 toP1,025, depending on the brand and weight, while fruit cocktail costs fromP50.35 to P239.40. Romel Amihan, senior trade andindustry development specialist of DTI-Negros Occidental, said on Thursday thatgrocery stores and supermarkets should comply with the new suggested retailprices (SRPs) for the goods. A supermarket in Bacolod City is stocked with Christmas holiday food items, including those for Noche Buena. The Department of Trade and Industry-Negros Occidental warned stores to avoid overpricing these products. PNA BACOLOD He said they began distributing copiesof the new SRPs to local establishments, particularly in Bacolod – which hostsmost of the grocery stores and supermarkets in the province. Other products such as cheese can bebought from P49.50 to P269.50; sandwich spread, P21.05 to P205.80; mayonnaise,P28 to P283; queso de bola, P169 toP539; spaghetti, P19 to P92; macaroni, P18.75 to P98.65; spaghetti sauce, P22to P84.20; tomato sauce, P12.25 to P78.25; creamer, P52 to P75.(With a report from PNA/PN) “If not, they might be charged withprofiteering,” Amihan added. “We continue to urge consumers to bevigilant by checking the prices of the products they purchase, to see if theseare within the SRPs,” Amihan added. Some branded products increased theirprices due to higher cost of production. Beginning Oct. 31, the DTI releasedthe new SRPs for ham, fruit cocktail, cheese, sandwich spread, mayonnaise, queso de bola, spaghetti, macaroni,spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce, and creamer.