Consumers urged to be cautious during the Hibiscus festival

15/08/2018 10:43

The Consumer Council of Fiji is urging consumers to exercise caution when purchasing items during the Hibiscus festival.

Complaints in the past have ranged from poorly cooked meals, unhygienic food practices and faulty goods.

In the past some traders have used the festival as an opportunity to get rid of old stock. At times some traders hike prices and give the illusion that the products are on sale.

The Council also wishes to inform consumers that a Consumer Council booth will be available at Valelevu grounds for those who wish to lodge a complaint or seek advices.

The booth is located under the marquee of the Fiji Arts Council.

Traders are also urged to take absolute responsibility and precaution when preparing, handling and storing foods, snacks, confectioneries during this Hibiscus festival.

Food should be free from contaminants such as dirt, foreign matter given the surrounding in which the food stalls are located at.

Consumers are urged to inspect the products they purchase thoroughly before purchase and maintain your tax invoice or receipt.

Furthermore, consumers are cautioned not to fall prey to any practices that could be deemed to be unfair during this festival.

Consumers facing issues with food at Valelevu grounds can report the matter to the Council.

Alternative, they can contact the Ministry of Health or the Health Unit of the Suva City Council.