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Consumer watchdog warns traders on substandard products

July 27, 2018 7:20 pm

The Consumer Council of Fiji is warning traders not to sell substandard products in a bid to make a quick buck.

Executive Chair Raman Dahia says the Council has received complaints in relation to traders using untreated and substandard timber to make furniture and selling them off at inflated prices.

Dahia says in one of the complaints received by the council, two consumers bought beds from an outlet in Labasa only to find the wooden frames were infested and the mattresses had bed bugs.

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They had initially sought redress from the trader but were unsuccessful and later lodged their complaint with the Council.

The Council had requested the beds be inspected and the findings from the Forestry department indicated the trader had used substandard materials to construct the frame of the bed.

Dahia says actions by traders as such is unacceptable.

Traders or manufactures are urged to ensure quality standards are met and they comply with the regulations stipulated on the use of timber as specified by the Forestry department.

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