Be responsible during festival

20/08/2013 10:22

The Consumer Council of Fiji is once again reminding consumers to be cautious and responsible during the weeklong 2013 Hibiscus Festival. 

Like previous years, food stalls and other products such as, clothing, footwear, jewellery, toys, accessories and other items are displayed for sale. The Council understands that during the school holidays, many consumers will be out to enjoy the festival.  However consumers are reminded that they have the power to decide and choose carefully, especially when it comes to food.

This remainder comes following the past experiences where consumers complained of poorly cooked BBQ meat; sale of leftover/stale food; flies found in the food; unhygienic preparation of food and other sanitary issues.

The Council urges consumers to be vigilant and inspect cooked food before making any purchases. Consumers should pay attention towards hygiene practices used by food sellers in the preparation, storage and serving of food.

At the same time, the Council urges stall owners to maintain ethical market practices. The Council has noted that festivals as such becomes an opportune time for some traders to get rid of the old stock at a higher price under the pretext that it is on sale.

Meanwhile, the Council has set up an information booth at the Hibiscus Festival, at the Ministry of Health’s “Wellness Village” tent. Council staff will be present to provide information, advice and attend to consumer complaints.