FCCC’s 1,196 inspections uncover 74 breaches

January 15, 2024 4:44 pm

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The Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission conducted 1,196 inspections last year, during which they found breaches in 74 items.

Chief Executive Joel Abraham says that, from a compliance perspective in the market, they are pleased with the results, and the majority of retailers have followed the rules.

Abraham states that all 74 breaches are now under investigation.

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He is reminding Fijians that a lot of processes are involved when investigating any breaches identified by his team.

“So when we know there is a breach, we have to come in and investigate and ensure that it meets the requirements under the law—the evidentiary requirements under the law—for us to file a case in court. Because when the FCCC files a case, it’s a criminal case, meaning we have to prove it beyond a reasonable doubt. Which means, as a prosecution agency, the investigating officer is required to go and find out overwhelming evidence without a shred of doubt.”

Abraham says some of the common breaches included no price markings, not providing receipts, and selling products over maximum prices.