THERE has been calls for consumers to speak out and not rely on non-government organisations to fight on their behalf.
Fiji Council of Social Services executive director Mohammed Hassan Khan's comments follow concerns by some members of the public on price increases of local canned fish.
Fiji Commerce Commission chief executive Bobby Maharaj had said that local canned fish was removed from price control list.
"Consumers need to come out of their passivity and take action for themselves," Mr Khan said.
"The best way is to stop buying canned tuna for one or two months and the prices will fall.
"People have not made any submission on policies regarding price control and other commercial practices and in the absence of such things, organisations cannot be mouthpieces of the passive and silent majority.
"We have been asked by people on clarification and at times people do enquire (about the prices) but it is difficult to determine the complaints. Tuna like Brunswick is still under price control," he said.
Meanwhile, Mr Maharaj said the commission's random checks of retail outlets were continuing and urged retailers to trade within the regulations and not engage in unfair trade practices. He said for expiry dates, consumers could enquire with a commission officer if they had questions.