Traders urged to be responsible

Consumer Council of Fiji, chief executive officer Seema Shandil. Picture: FILE

The Consumer Council of Fiji says it will continue to monitor the quality of goods sold in supermarkets and will not hesitate to name traders who are in breach of the law.

This was the stern warning by council CEO Seema Shandil to supermarkets in the country who were found selling putrid meat.

She made the comment after 1225kg of meat was condemned by the Suva City Council’s health department.

Ms Shandil said three supermarkets would soon be taken to court for selling meat products not fit for human consumption. She said the discovery was made after the council recently conducted random checks of supermarkets around the Capital City.

“I must say the traders have a responsibility to the public and the products they sell must be of consumable standard,” she said.

“We will continue to monitor the quality of goods sold in supermarkets and will not hesitate to name them publicly.”

Ms Shandil said the sale of putrid meat was of “great concern to the council”.

“The message is, sell goods that are worth the money paid for. The poor standard of meat not only affects customers but also affects the confidence placed by customers in their traders.”

Ms Shandil urged consumers to alert the council of any unethical practices in the market place on the toll-free National Consumer Helpline number 155.

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