FCCC takes action against 151 traders
The Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission (FCCC) has taken enforcement action against 151 traders around the country, this includes prosecution after they were found breaching the FCCC Act despite several warnings.
Traders are being prosecuted on the following breaches:
1. Excessive prices contrary to price regulation
2. Selling expired items
3. Failing to issue receipts
4. Failure to keep records
5. Failure to mark/ display prices on nonprice-controlled and price-controlled items “FCCC’s special response team has conducted over 2,000 ground inspections around the major divisions in Fiji, including Maritime regions. For example, we have charged 5 traders in Ovalau, Levuka,” said FCCC CEO, Joel Abraham.
Abraham warned traders against taking advantage of vulnerable Fijian during these times of need.
“Our zero-tolerance approach has proved to be effective and remains in place as we work to protect Fijian consumers from unethical and illegal acts regarding essential basic food items,” said Abraham.
“FCCC will not hesitate to take decisive action against those seeking to take advantage of Fijian consumers during the COVID-19 outbreak. We will continue to monitor the market for breaches of Fijian consumer rights.”