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Traders to be monitored in the upcoming festive season

November 25, 2018 6:33 pm

The Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission will undertake an inspection in an effort to ensure that traders are compliant during the upcoming festive season.

Chief Executive Joel Abraham says they will ensure that their officers are out in the field to monitor prices of goods, expiry dates, and the quality of goods and ensure that all traders abide by the laws.

Abraham says compliance rate during Diwali was high and they will work to ensure that traders maintain this standard and consumers get value for their money.

“During this festive season, there are certain things that happen, there are certain specific goods that are there say for Christmas it will all be these tin fruits, fruit cakes. What we don’t want is old stock to be recycled and these stocks have expired, now these stocks that are available that have not reach the expiry date, that’s fine. If the stock is expired, the business needs to properly dispose it. We have previously found instances where business have been found to be rubbing off expiry dates and putting new ones. Now for those traders, our message is clear, we will come down hard on you.”

Abraham says non-compliance is not acceptable and all traders found to be breaching the law will be taken to task.

Meanwhile a total of 287 traders were monitored during Diwali with 8 traders under investigation for non-compliance.