13 Apr 2010

Concern at limits on sale of grocery essentials in Fiji

9:52 am on 13 April 2010

The Consumer Council in Fiji is concerned at the conditional selling of sugar by certain supermarkets due to a shortage in the market.

According to FBC News, the Chief Executive of the Consumer Council, Premila Kumar, says her agency has received numerous complaints from consumers.

Ms Kumar says the concern is over shopkeepers imposing conditions, such as purchasing 16 US dollars worth of groceries before being allowed to buy a kilogram of sugar, which she says is unacceptable.

She says conditions have also been imposed on other products including butter, which are in short supply.

Meanwhile, the FBC reports the Fiji Sugar Corporation is maintaining the country's sugar supply is normal, despite certain supermarket managers saying they are yet to receive supplies from the Corporation.