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Fijian Competition And Consumer Commission Warns Traders Against Using Cyclone Harold To Take Advantage Of Fijians

“We investigated a complaint where a trader refused to sell butter to customers unless they also purchased bread. This was a breach of the FCCC act and we charged him,” said FCCC CEO Abraham, who led the ground team responding to the complaint.
09 Apr 2020 15:54
Fijian Competition And Consumer Commission Warns Traders Against Using Cyclone Harold To Take Advantage Of Fijians
Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission chief executive officer Joel Abraham.

The Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission (FCCC) has warned traders not to breach the FCCC Act and take advantage of Fijians during this time of crisis.

This follows an FCCC ground team charging a corner bakery for conditional selling.

“We investigated a complaint where a trader refused to sell butter to customers unless they also purchased bread. This was a breach of the FCCC act and we charged him,” said FCCC CEO Abraham, who led the ground team responding to the complaint.

“Some unscrupulous traders try to use crises to take advantage of Fijians because they do not expect authorities to monitor them due to the chaos. Unfortunately for them, FCCC teams are on the ground monitoring and responding to complaints 24/7.”

Traders caught conditionally selling to Fijians face fines of up to $250,000 and 10 years in prison.

FCCC’s priority remains to protect Fijian consumers against unethical practices and they are employing all their resources to do so.

Abraham urged businesses not to mislead and/or take advantage of Fijians, especially during these difficult times.

If you see trader breaking the law, you can report them through the FCCC Facebook page.

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