FCCC inspections target ‘unethical’ traders

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Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission (FCCC) chief executive officer Joel Abraham checks the prices of goods in a supermarket in Suva. Picture: SOPHIE RALULU/FT FILE

The Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission’s enforcement teams conducted 2440 inspections targeting potential unethical behaviour among traders during this festive period.

According to the FCCC, alleged breaches recorded reached 146 in November.

And this month alone, enforcement officers recorded 37 breaches.

All cases are being investigated.

FCCC chief executive officer Joel Abraham said their teams had also carried out 118 joint inspections with the Ministry of Health and various municipal councils, and they targeted key areas such as hygiene, storage, and distribution practices in markets, restaurants, and food production facilities.

“This time of year is marked by a spike in retail activity, with enticing offers and specials available to the public, which also makes it ripe for consumer exploitation. Although FCCC has intensified its market surveillance and enforcement efforts, it is crucial that consumers also do their due diligence to remain safe against predatory selling practices,” Mr Abraham said in a statement.

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