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World Consumers Rights Day

The Consumer Council of Fiji has called for more simplified information on food products for consumers to make informed healthy decisions. The council expressed the need for information of nutrition
25 Mar 2015 11:00
World Consumers Rights Day
Consumer Council CEO Permila Kumar and Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Saddiq Koya at World Consumer Day celebrtions yesterday. Photo: JONNA KONATACI

The Consumer Council of Fiji has called for more simplified information on food products for consumers to make informed healthy decisions.

The council expressed the need for information of nutrition labelling to be plastered in the front-of-pack (FOP) as it would empower consumers to make healthy food choices.

This issued was raised at the World Consumer Rights Day celebrations with the theme Consumers Right to Healthy Food.

Consumer Council of Fiji chief executive Premila Kumar said many consumers did not have the time to process detailed nutrition information.

“Or have difficulty understanding the different nutrient contents in the product as presently displayed on nutrition panels on the back of food/beverages,” she said.

The council has also suggested creative information display methods that will engage and inform consumers.

“Graphic FOP labels such as those displaying traffic light colors, colors codes or star rating to show low, medium or high levels of carbohydrates, sugar, salt and fat,” explained Ms Kumar.

 

Government efforts

The Minister for Industry Trade and Tourism, Faiyaz Siddiq Koya, highlighted the Government’s efforts to ensure citizens of Fiji have a healthy living.

“The Fijian Government has addressed some of the consumer dilemma by committing itself to ensuring that healthy food items are accessible, widely available and of good quality,

“The government has also reduced the import excise duty on vegetables from 10% to 0% in line with the zero per cent duty on fruits,

“Whilst, increasing excise duty and other taxes on unhealthy, high-risk products like tobacco and alcohol.”

Mr Koya commended the council for the work and efforts invested on their end to ensure a fair living for Fijians.

“I would like to acknowledge the close partnership between the consumer council of Fiji and the Fiji Commerce Commission for enhancing fair trade legislation,

“To better safeguard consumers, promote consumer interest, regulate price in the market and provide advice to our consumer’s and traders.”

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