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Consumer body to probe issues

Felix Chaudhary
Friday, May 19, 2017

THE Fiji Commerce Commission says it will investigate issues where products sold in supermarkets and stores do not display the country of origin.

CEO Joel Abraham said while no one had officially raised the problem with the commission, it was an issue that the consumer monitor would look into.

This newspaper raised the issue with the CEO after it found that several brands of canned goods failed to display where the product originated from.

Instead, the brands only displayed who the goods were packed for.

"The regulation that looks at a products country of origin is the Standards Division," he said.

"However, under the Commerce Commission Act itself there are sections on misleading representation that says that the country of origin should be specified and specified correctly.

"To date, during our market inspection and surveillance and consumer studies, we have not received any complaints to that effect.

"But now that you have raised the matter, we will get on to it and investigate the matter and see which brands are not displaying the country of origin."

Mr Abraham said he would not be able to comment any further until his officers had completed investigations.

"At this stage, I cannot say anyone is breaching any laws because we have not assessed the situation and it would be premature to make any further comments.

"What we will do is look at the problem, investigate it and get back to you."

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