Since the implementation of COVID-19 safety measures from April of this year, teams
from the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission (FCCC) have ramped up their
inspections and activity on the ground to ensure compliance by traders.

Apart from routine inspections, FCCC officers have also been engaged in the
surveillance of stock and supply for essential items, as well as enforcing COVID-19
health and safety measures.

FCCC CEO, Joel Abraham, said that teams have been hard at work conducting
inspections within non-containment zones, as well as containment zones, and have
completed a total of 2,305 inspections from 20 April 2021 to 4 June 2021.

“I am pleased to say that we noted 97.7% compliance amongst traders, and as for the
remaining 2.3% who were not in compliance, 54 warnings have been issued for
prosecution.”

Mr Abraham added that 11 instances of alleged price gouging were identified, during
the course of inspections, and each case is currently under investigation.

“This includes cases regarding increases in the price of sugar. The complaints were
attended to immediately and as a result 2 traders have been warned for prosecution.”

“COVID may have affected how businesses operate, however the legal requirements
for prosecution remain the same and we cannot compromise on these. We have
always accorded the process of natural justice and are thoroughly investigating such
cases.”

“We continue to stress that no one who behaves unethically will get away with it.”

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