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September 07
12:29 2018

The two major breaches of the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission Act 2010 (FCCC Act 2010) has been failure to display prices for goods and selling price-controlled items at a price higher than the maximum price declared by the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission (FCCC).

Traders and individuals involved in activities of Trade and Commerce are hereby warned not to engage in unfair trade practices as they are criminal in nature.

The sentencing by the magistrate’s court on September 4, 2018 involved the Corporate Management Services trading as the Hot Bread Kitchen that was fined a total of $8,000 for two separate cases for contravening provisions of the FCCC Act 2010.


First case

For the first case, The Hot Bread Kitchen was fined $3,000 for Offering for Sale Controlled Items at Excessive Price contrary to paragraphs 6(1)(a) and (b) of the Commerce (Price Control) (Percentage Control of Process for Food Items) Order and Sections 44(1) and 129(1A) of the FCCC Act 2010.

The accused offered for sale price-controlled items namely Flora Margarine at $2.53 which is in excess of $0.09 per container.

In the second instance, The Hot Bread Kitchen was fined a total of $5,000 for failure to Display Prices on Certain Price Controlled Items namely; 400grams long loaf bread; 400grams small loaf bread; and 650grams medium whole meal bread.

In addition, they were offering for Sale Controlled Items at Excessive Prices i.e. selling 375 grams FMF Breakfast Crackers at $1.45 instead of $1.35 which is an excess of $0.10 per packet.


Successful conviction

FCCC is hopeful that the successful conviction will act as a deterrent for traders engaging in unfair trade practices for the sale of goods including the sale of price-controlled items.

Whilst FCCC is promoting voluntary compliance, it shall not hesitate to institute legal actions against

individuals and/or traders for breaching provisions of the FCCC Act 2010.

As per requirements under FCCC Act 2010 traders and/or individuals shall ensure compliance with the requirements of the law.

At the same time members of the public are encouraged to highlight matters for consideration whereby they feel that their rights as a consumer have been compromised.

Furthermore, the traders are encouraged to contact FCCC for awareness and trainings on the roles and functions of FCCC and the FCCC Act 2010.

Source: Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission




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