24 Dec 2010

Fiji clamps down on foreign language labels on retail items

2:44 pm on 24 December 2010

The Fiji ministry of health has issued a directive that retailers must remove all food items with labels and instructions written in foreign languages.

Spokesperson, Peni Namotu, says the ministry's food unit officers are checking shops to ensure these products are removed from shelves as soon as possible.

The Fiji Village news website reports that a number of food items and household appliances have labels and instructions in foreign languages, leaving consumers in the dark on the specifications, expiry date or ingredients.

The consumer council of Fiji's CEO, Premila Kumar, says the directive follows concerns raised earlier this week by the council.