FIJI -- A boat builder was sold marine plywood with tiny holes in it on several occasions, leading the Consumer Council of Fiji to declare that plywood standards are needed to safeguard domestic fishermen and other seafarers.
According to the Fiji Times, "This boatbuilder was concerned about the safety of other fellow boatbuilders and fishermen who maybe purchasing inferior quality products to repair their boats and risking their lives while going out to sea in boats not seaworthy.
"Sale of low or poor quality marine plywood is a breach of consumers' right to safety. Not only this, but it is also a financial loss for consumers who have to spend extra for repairs or repurchase these plywoods."
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