Updated Thursday, 4 October 2017
Food & Health Protection - The big enterprise customer is not the boss; the CONSUMER is:
Policy makers at all levels must be persuaded to actively implement policies that actually protect consumers. Real actions can and must be implemented to better protect all consumers of food and health products everywhere - All of us. You are invited to add your vote in support of this motion.
There are too many instances of harm caused to consumers due to unintended errors and sometimes intentional actions of operators, organizations and individuals involved in the food chain. Everyone is in a vulnerable position. Please vote in support of this motion. You may simply state: “I support this motion” in the comment box at the bottom of this page. If you wish, you may include your name, company and/or country.
Whereas real actions must be taken to better protect all consumers of food and health products everywhere; therefore be it resolved:
5) That reality, objectivity and proven science rather than subjective sets of rules shall constitute the foundations for established consumer protection measures;
6) That each operator shall continuously seek to understand and take appropriate actions against all identifiable and emerging hazards associated with input materials, processes, products, locations, infrastructure, practices, etc.;
7) That all stakeholders and sectors shall actively and collaboratively engage in applicable and productive research to ensure on-going advancements in consumer protection;
8) That proven technological advancements shall be profitably utilized in product development, production processes and processing control procedures that ensure consumer protection;
9) That open forums for thought leaders shall be maintained for the sharing of emerging and fresh perspectives on product safety and consumer protection;
10) That educating all stakeholders (industry operators, professionals, regulators, product distribution channels/institutions/businesses, consumers, consumer advocates or guardians, etc.) shall take priority over blanket punitive impositions that focus only on industry operators to the exclusion of other key participants in the supply and utilization chain;
11) That all conceivable consumer protection considerations and the genuine transparency of product providers and/or businesses shall form part of stakeholders’ education;
12) That all training offered to stakeholders, particularly at the operations levels, shall include the means for developing, maintaining and assessing practical proficiency;
13) That reality, vis-à-vis real-life experiences of consumers and the industry shall be the basis for assessing the success of consumer protection measures;
14) That effort shall be made to develop and enforce simple, streamlined and, where possible, customized regulatory mandates that can be easily and sufficiently understood and applied by every legitimate business irrespective of the size;
15) That regulatory mandates shall be made readily available without cost to all citizens within the mandating jurisdiction;
16) That all non-negotiable requirements for consumer protection shall apply equally to all product providers irrespective of the size of operation;
17) That regulatory exemptions applicable to operators due to size, nature of the operations and products, and circumstances shall apply only to considerations that do not have the possibility of causing harm to consumers;
18) That the enforcement of regulatory or other mandates by outside parties shall be customized and collaborative rather than punitive;
19) That punitive measures, where necessary, shall be taken only against known or suspected culprits in order to avoid the weakening of enforcement effectiveness and the wasting of resources where enforcement is not necessary as a result of demonstrated willingness and determination to ensure consumer protection;
20) That applicable evaluation programs shall use reality-based risk assessment processes, and that evaluating bodies or auditors shall not engage in commercial competitiveness that weakens the trustworthiness and usefulness of evaluation results.
21) That self-motivation and accountability by product providers shall be accompanied by a commitment to: continuing education, consistent control measures and effective self-evaluation;
22) That the consumer-verified commitment of operators shall be respected and recognized in practical and cost-minimizing ways by applicable outside parties (customers, regulators, auditors, etc.)
Please vote in support of this 23-point motion. Your vote counts. Simply state: “I support this motion” in the space for comments below. You may include your name, company and country if you wish.