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Consumer protection from imported food a concern - SABC NEWS, 5 October 08

Consumer organisations are worried about South Africa's capacity to protect the public from imported food. This comes in the wake of the melamine-poisoned milk that has seen 53 000 Chinese children hospitalised.

The National Consumer Forum (NCF) says some retailers tend to reserve their faulty products for rural areas where awareness about consumer rights is limited. Awareness programmes have been introduced in rural Transkei to combat this problem.

"The National Consumer Commission will be monitoring these sorts of problems and hopefully it will be able to pick them up before they strike," says Paul Crankshaw from National Consumer Forum.

The rights groups believe the Consumer Protection Bill is a step in the right direction.

"The Bill is extended to actually look for redress, to say if you get sick and then you have to see a doctor, then you can also claim for damages for the medical expenses," says Nkosikhulule Nyembezi from the Black Sash.

Retailers will have to recoup the costs they incur from consumer's claims, from manufacturers.

Nyembezi says the Bill also covers for class action, which is something that was limited to some few constitutional rights, "but we can then say now as consumers through this class action, this is what we are claiming for and that is what we see as being progressive".

The consumer rights groups are confident that once the Bill is passed into law, it will protect consumers in time for their Christmas spending.