Biose­cu­rity, Con­sumer Coun­cil sign agree­ment

Fiji Sun - - Nation -

The Biose­cu­rity Au­thor­ity of Fiji (BAF) and Con­sumer Coun­cil of Fiji yes­ter­day signed a me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MOU) which will en­able shar­ing of in­for­ma­tion and co­op­er­a­tion be­tween both agen­cies for the ben­e­fit of the Fi­jian con­sumers. The MOU which was signed by BAF ex­ec­u­tive chair­man Xavier Riyaz Khan and Con­sumer Coun­cil of Fiji chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Premila Ku­mar.

The pact will also al­low both agen­cies to es­tab­lish a ba­sis for co-op­er­a­tion re­gard­ing the de­liv­ery of ser­vices in Fiji with re­spect to mat­ters that are man­dated to each party un­der their re­spec­tive laws. The sign­ing of MOU took place at the BAF Head­quar­ters at Level 3- Prov­i­dent Plaza 1, FNPF Build­ing, Ellery Street, Suva. Mr Khan said the MOU with Con­sumer Coun­cil of Fiji was cru­cial for BAF as it would pro­vide a plat­form to cre­ate aware­ness and ed­u­cate the Fi­jian con­sumers on biose­cu­rity issues that im­pact them. “There are sev­eral ar­eas that BAF would like to work with Con­sumer Coun­cil; one of which is strengthen ad­vo­cacy and ed­u­ca­tion to the Fi­jian con­sumers on pur­chase of treated tim­ber to pre­vent ter­mite in­fes­ta­tion in homes and build­ings,” Mr Khan said. “BAF Shop Surveillance pro­gramme re­vealed sev­eral non-com­pli­ance issues such as sale of rot­ten imported fruits and veg­eta­bles, low qual­ity imported meat and un­hy­gienic stor­age fa­cil­i­ties in su­per­mar­kets. Mean­while, BAF in Ba has moved to a new of­fice at Sun­beam Build­ing above Mir­ror Jew­ellery Shop in Main Street.

This is in a bid im­prove its ser­vice de­liv­ery by fo­cus­ing and in­creas­ing pres­ence in the ru­ral and mar­itime zones. The Gov­ern­ment al­lo­cated grants for BAF to ad­dress all sta­tions as part of its so­cial obli­ga­tion.

Source: Biose­cu­rity Au­thor­ity of Fiji

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