Prominent traders charged for unscruplous dealings

Some consumers had approached the FCCC team and highlighted that a number of traders tend to change prices of items on a daily basis. Picture: FT FILE

FOUR prominent traders have been charged for their unscrupulous dealings under the Homes-CARE and Farms-CARE initiatives in Fiji’s Western Division.
This was confirmed by the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission (FCCC) after it undertook ground inspections in the West last week.
According to FCCC chief executive officer Joel Abraham, the four traders had charges filed against them for contravening the provisions of the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission Act 2010 (FCCC Act 2010).
“The traders have been charged for selling price-controlled item(s) at excessive price and failure to mark prices on certain items,” Mr Abraham said.
“It was noted that a trader involved under the Farms-CARE initiative was selling an item which is under price control at a price exceeding the maximum retail price set by FCCC.”
Mr Abraham said they also noted that traders involved under the Homes-CARE initiative were displaying for sale items that consumers could purchase under the initiative, which did not have the prices conspicuously marked or displayed.
“The team which was in the Western Division last week undertook ground inspections and also spoke with numerous recipients of the Homes-CARE and Farms-CARE initiative in Sigatoka, Nadi, Lautoka, Ba, Tavua, and Rakiraki in order to ascertain some of the unethical practices of the businesses involved under these initiatives.
“The traders were notified that their actions will have severe repercussions.”
Mr Abraham said the team had also undertaken investigations in the Northern Division as well and preliminary findings indicated that while some of the traders had increased prices of items to be sold under the initiative, a handful of others were involved in two-tier pricing.
“Also, some consumers have approached the team and highlighted that a number of traders tend to change prices of items on a daily basis.
“The team is actively working on all the issues pertaining to the Homes-CARE and Farms-CARE initiatives and more charges are expected to be laid soon against some unscrupulous traders for contravening provisions of the FCCC Act 2010.”

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