The Consumer Council of Fiji is calling on traders and manufacturers to take responsibility for products that they produce and retail ensuring that poorly packaged items are not placed on shelves for consumers to purchase.

The call comes after a consumer purchased a packet of Fresh UP juice only to find that the juice had mould growing inside it.

The Council liaised with the Ministry of Health and the Nadi Town Council in dealing with the issue.

Manufacturers, Frucor Suntory NZ, claimed that the defect had occurred post production and that the issue may have been due to improper handling in the journey from manufacturer to consumer.

The company further stated that their Quality Assurance team had been alerted of the defect and that all necessary measures would be undertaken to ensure food safety is maintained

Consumers are also implored to check items thoroughly before finalising purchase.

The Ministry of Health is still conducting tests on the item to determine whether or not it was of harm to the consumer.

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