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Label order

December 25
12:00 2010

Written By : LOSALINI RASOQOSOQO. All retailers have been ordered to remove from their shelves all food items with foreign language labels.
The directive was issued by the Ministry of Health, whose officers are closely monitoring the process.
Health Ministry media liaison officer Peni Namotu yesterday said inspections were being carried out by officers from its food unit.
“The ministry has already made the announcement that all food items that do not have their labels and information written in English are to be removed from the shelves,” Mr Namotu said.
“Our officers have started with the inspection and it will be done all throughout to ensure that they adhere to the rule.”
Mr Namotu said the directive was meant to ensure that consumers were not on the losing end.
“Labels written in foreign languages always confuse the consumers, for instance they would not be able to tell the expiry date and so forth,” he said.
“Most customers are not able to use the products well because they do not understand the information written on them.”
The Consumer Council of Fiji has supported the directive issued by the Health Ministry.
Chief executive officer Premila Kumar said the decision was overwhelming and it was something they had always raised.

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