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Editorial: Deceitful Traders Must Be Penalized

These traders are risking the lives and health of Fijians by selling outdated or damaged items and products.
15 Mar 2019 09:55
Editorial: Deceitful Traders Must Be Penalized
Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission chief executive officer Joel Abraham.

Traders who are selling perished or damaged goods to consumers should be ashamed of themselves.

And they should be charged if found guilty under the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission (FCCC) Act of 2010.

Surely their trading licence should be revoked as well.

These traders are risking the lives and health of Fijians by selling outdated or damaged items and products.

Here we have consumers spending their hard- earned money on items they believe are safe.

In fact, consumers trust traders and retailers to sell safe and hygienic products.

Not those that have defrosted overnight after the power is switched off as a means to reduce cost.

Or because there is no back up when there is a planned or unplanned power outage.

This results in a strong odour some shoppers encounter when approaching the meat section.

It is the responsibility of traders to ensure that frozen goods are safe to consume.

But, consumers must also be alert.

FCCC chief executive officer Joel Abraham has urged all Fijians to be on the alert for perished or damaged frozen items given the recent power cuts.

Frozen foods such as chicken, meat, frozen vegetables and dairy products could have thawed during the power outage, which is a serious health concern for consumers.

The FCCC is partnering the Ministry of Health’s Food and Safety Unit to conduct joint inspections throughout Fiji to monitor the practices of traders. This is for consumer and health protection.

If you come across some traders selling damaged or perished goods, do not hesitate to contact the commission.

You’re not only doing it for yourself and your family, but for other Fijians as well.

Feedback: rosi.doviverata@fijisun.com.fj

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