Council looks into plastic cereal claims

Savou Vosaniyalo shows the cornflakes he claims is made out of plastic. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

THE Consumer Council of Fiji is investigating claims by a Nadawa resident that he purchased breakfast cereal that could have been made of plastic.

Savou Vosaniyavu said he made the discovery when his son complained about the cereal bought from a supermarket in Nasinu.

“The cornflakes-like cereal that my son ate was hard even though he had poured milk over it, so he only drank the milk,” he said.

“My son told me that he didn’t like it and that caught my attention. The cereal we bought from the supermarket was packed in an unlabelled plastic bag.”

Mr Vosaniyavu said he tasted the cereal and then decided to burn it because he was convinced it was plastic.

“The cereal melted when I was burning it, just like when we burn plastics. It was black in colour and I believe it was a risk to our health.”

Mr Vosaniyavu said he had lodged a complaint with the Consumer Council of Fiji two weeks ago.

His advice to members of the public is “to be very careful and closely scrutinise products when shopping”.

“We need to be vigilant at all times especially when it comes to things that deal with our health.

“The looks of it can fool you so read the description carefully before you buy something. “I never dreamt of this happening in our country.”

When The Fiji Times contacted the supermarket, a supervisor said the product was not “cereal” but “corn rice” — an Indian snack that needed to be soaked in water and fried in oil.

Meanwhile, the council confirmed receiving a complaint from Mr Vosaniyavu and said the cereal had been sent for testing.

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