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Paraquat Sale Warning After 2 Deaths, 1 Hospitalised

The Consumer Council of Fiji has warned traders to refrain from selling hazardous and harmful substances to children. This follows the death of two students while one is admitted in
04 Sep 2015 09:30
Paraquat Sale Warning After 2 Deaths, 1 Hospitalised

The Consumer Council of Fiji has warned traders to refrain from selling hazardous and harmful substances to children.

This follows the death of two students while one is admitted in hospital for attempting to commit suicide by allegedly drinking paraquat.

The deaths were confirmed by Police spokesperson Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri yesterday.

The council’s officer-in-charge, Bindula Prasad said traders should exercise responsibility by not allowing the sales of these hazardous products to children.

“It is common sense that if a primary school pupil walks in and wants to buy weedkiller or glue, alarms should start ringing and traders should immediately know that something is not right,” Ms Prasad said.

“The right to safety is an important consumer right that underpins the need to prevent the irresponsible use, sale and marketing of hazardous products and services.

“The business practices of retailers are crucial as they are in a position to curb product misuse by not freely selling hazardous and volatile substances, particularly to children.”

It is believed that the three students of Vatuwaqa had purchased the chemical from a hardware in Suva.

“The council believes that traders should also be a key target group in policies or laws/regulations intended to curb the misuse or abuse of volatile substances,” Ms Prasad said.

With the World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, the Fiji Council of Social Services (FCOSS) is calling on all stakeholders to work together towards a proactive action in addressing this social crisis.

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