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FCCC to engage in trade inspections

November 24, 2018 11:45 pm

The Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission will engage in trade inspections throughout the upcoming festive season to ensure consumers get value for their money.

Acting Chief Executive Senikavika Jiuta says their team will be on the ground conducting inspections to ensure products are being sold to consumers are fit for purpose, of merchantable quality and more importantly sold to consumers at the marked priced.

Jiuta says over the years it has been a norm for a handful of traders to entice consumers and sell off expired products.

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She says they have noticed that during major events and festivities, some traders see it as an opportune time to dump off old stock to consumers who are in a rush to do their shopping.

Jiuta adds in ensuring customers are not fooled, the FCCC will increase presence on the ground to promote consumer protection.

She reiterates that they will not hesitate to take enforcement action against traders who have been found to be repeat offenders.

Jiuta says if traders are found to be engaging in unfair or deceptive trade practices, they will be liable for further investigation and possible prosecution.

Consumers are advised to check the expiry or use by date on the information available on the products, especially food items during this time of the year.

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