Consumers’ must exercise consumer responsibility during the Hibiscus Festival

22/08/2012 17:14

Based on the past experience the Council is calling on the traders and food sellers to act responsibly.

The common complaint received by the Council in the past few years range from poorly uncooked BBQ meat; sale of leftover/stale food; flies found in the food; unhygienic preparation of food to name a few.

The Council urges consumers to be vigilant and inspect food items before buying. Particular attention must be paid towards hygiene practices used by food sellers in the preparation, storage and serving of food.   We advise consumers to buy food from those stalls recommended by friends and relatives to avoid spoiling your mood.

Consumers must report the matter to the Council or Ministry of Health or Health Unit at Suva City Council if you face problems with food sold at the hibiscus ground.

The Council will have an information booth at the ground and consumers are encouraged to visit the Council booth for further information, advice and to lodge official complaints as well. The booth will be situated under the marquee of the Ministry of Education.

The Council also urges consumers to spend wisely during the Hibiscus Festival. Consumers need to be practical in these financially difficult times and stick to their budget.

As thousands visit Albert Park looking for bargains and entertainment, consumers need to be cautious of what they can spend without going into hardship by the end of the month.

The Council also calls on consumers to exercise consumer responsibility when buying goods. Hibiscus festival is an opportune time for some traders to get rid of old stock, and unworthy products at a higher price in the name of sale. Too often, unscrupulous traders try to take advantage of the unwary consumers during such events. Consumers must not get carried away by festive mood that will cause regret after purchasing the items.

Consumers are also reminded to ask for receipts for the items purchased as it will be a proof of purchase while seeking redress.

Consumers must not assume but have a questioning attitude for all goods and services they access during Hibiscus Festival.