Fiji's Biosecurity Authority is accusing the fast food chain KFC of using michevious tactics over the temporary closure of its three restaurants in the country.
The company says that since October 2010, the Fiji Quarantine & Inspection Division has not allowed KFC to bring in its most needed ingredients - a milk and egg mix and breading salt.
But the Biosecurity Authority CEO, Elvis Silvestrini, says there's a temporary delay because KFC hasn't provided a veterinary certificate which it is required to obtain.
He believes the fast-food chain is looking for scapegoats.
"KFC are a global fast-food chain with a very slick public relations machine but at a local level I think their message is becoming a little confused. The local general manager stated himself, he has attributed the decision to suspend Fiji operations because of rising costs and deteriorating sales."
The Fiji Biosecurity Authority CEO, Elvis Silvestrini.
The interim Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has called a meeting of all the stakeholders this week