FCCC takes ac­tion against 151 traders

Fiji Sun - - SUNBIZ -

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.

FCCC warns

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.”

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