THE Consumer Council of Fiji has called on the Ministry of Health to crack down on supermarkets that are selling foods that may have been damaged by the recent flood.
The council made the call after saying it had experienced a similar situation after the flood earlier this year where consumers complained of damaged goods.
Council chief executive officer Premila Kumar in a statement said they would visit supermarkets to conduct checks on food quality.
"Ministry of Health's food unit must ensure that all damaged and contaminated food items are destroyed in their presence to avoid it being transported and sold at another location," Mrs Kumar said.
"The council is concerned because this has happened in the past."
Mrs Kumar also cautioned consumers on purchasing electrical appliances that might have been damaged by the floodwaters.
"It is common for traders to have a huge sale following natural disasters such as floods as this gives them an opportunity to sell flood damaged goods for example fridge, iron, washing machine etc.
"Once an item is damaged by floodwaters, it may not perform to its full potential."
She said there had previously been many incidents where unsuspecting consumers ended up buying discounted items.
"Little do the consumers realise that they will end up paying even more with all the repair costs attached to it.
"Some electrical items sold during and after flood are not only discovered to be unusable later but dangerous as well," Mrs Kumar said.