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Friday, March 14, 2003 - The need to continue to equip consumers with pertinent information relating to labelling, manufacturing standards, protection and quality that translates into informed decision making on their part, has been further highlighted, as the island approaches another Consumer Rights Days observance.

Director of Consumer Affairs, Phillip Mc. Clauren, says as preparations enter a heighten stage for marking the observance on Saturday March 15th, under the theme “Corporate Control of the Food Chain – the GM Link”, a strong signal is being sent to manufacturers and suppliers not to underestimate the value of consumers in the trade process.

Mc. Clauren said “these issues will be highlighted to drive home the message that consumers need information and therefore need to be in a position to represent themselves. In light of that, the business community should not take consumers for granted, but should understand that they are partners in the economic development of the country and the entire region as a whole. Hence issues of production, protection and safety impact on consumers and therefore they should be part of the decision making process.”

Mc. Clauren says in the era of the operations of mega trade blocs like the World Trade Organization (WTO), the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Free Trade Area of the American (FTAA), and the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), consumer protection based on information, has become even more relevant.

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