Recall Order for “Table Hen Chicken”28/10/2016 11:47
The Consumer Council of Fiji welcomes the recall of “Table Hen Chicken” from the local market.
This prompt action comes after the Council alerted the Food Unit at the Ministry of Health & Medical Services on 24 October 2016 following our market surveillance that this product did not comply with proper labelling as per the Food Safety Regulation 2009.
The only information provided on the packaging of the chicken is the country from where this product is imported, which is New Zealand and it states “Packed for Henrys Poultry Ltd”. Other key information such as the name/address of the local importer/distributor are not stated on the packaging. Also missing on the packaging is the nutrient labelling which is a requirement under the Food Safety Regulation 2009 (Part V (22).
The Food Unit then carried out its own investigation and found that Fresher Produce Limited based in Nasinu were importing this chicken into the country and wholesaling it to the two supermarkets – New World Limited and Morris Hedstrom.
The importer contravened Part V 21 (8) (b) of the Food Safety Regulations 2009 which sets the labelling rules and packaging of pre-packed food items. This section specifically states “…for imported food, the name and address of local importer and/or distributor and the country of Origin…” should be clearly labelled on the product, which is not the case for Table Hen Chicken.
The Council is urging consumers to be vigilant when buying food products and if there is any issue, they can call the National Consumer Helpline toll -free number 155 to seek advice or to lodge their complaints. Traders/distributors are also reminded to exercise responsibility and respect the law while doing business.