Biosecurity, Consumer Council sign agreement
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