THE Suva City Council has warned market vendors on the sale of produce affected by the floods.
"Please do not sell anything that is not consumable," special administrator Chandu Umaria said.
Mr Umaria said health inspectors and the market master were closely monitoring the produce sold in the markets to ensure spoilt produce was not being sold.
He said there was a vegetable shortage and the prices of those being sold had increased.
"Everyone's going to be affected but we at least want to protect the health of the Suva public," Mr Umaria said.
The Agriculture Department yesterday confirmed a $17.4 million loss to agriculture and livestock and he said the loss would be felt by market vendors and middlemen who relied on agriculture for their livelihood.
Mr Umaria added the council's health inspectors were also monitoring the food sold at supermarkets in the city.
"With power sharing, we just want to ensure that food like frozen meat and vegetables are safe for consumption," Mr Umaria said.
So far the council has not confiscated any unsafe food items and the administrator also acknowledged supermarkets that used their own generators.
Mr Umaria said it was a relief to see supermarket owners prioritising the health of their customers.