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100,000 Supporting Votes

Food & Health Protection - The big enterprise customer is not the boss; the end CONSUMER is:

Policy makers at all levels must be persuaded to actively implement policies that actually protect consumers. Please add your vote in support of this motion. Real actions can and must be implemented to better protect all consumers of food and health products everywhere - All of us.

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 and health products supply and consumption chain. Everyone is in a vulnerable position since everyone is a consumer of these products.  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.

The Motion:
The Global Coalition for Sustained Excellence in Food & Health Protection hereby makes a motion as follows:

Whereas real actions must be taken to better protect all consumers of food and health products everywhere; therefore be it resolved that:

1)    That the protection of consumers shall be the foremost objective of every policy maker, product provider and/or business;
2)    That operators shall be encouraged to develop and maintain a high level of social responsibility and moral obligation to consumers;
3)    That genuine transparency and social accountability shall govern the identity, quality and health related declarations on product labels;
4) That all stakeholders shall be actively involved to the degree that they can to ensure and guard the safety, security, quality , sufficient supply and equitable distribution of food and health products;
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 the materials, processes, locations, infrastructure, practices, etc. involved in food production;
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 due to demonstrated willingness and determination to comply; 
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 through such commitments as continuing education, consistent control measures and effective self-evaluation shall be respected and recognized in practical and cost-minimizing ways by applicable outside parties (customers, regulators, auditors, etc.)
22)  That development strategies shall include the provision of technical and financial assistance to deserving participants (individuals, institutions, businesses) by applicable government or other collaborating agencies as part of the product safety and consumer protection culture;

Please vote in support of this 22 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.

22 comments:

  1. Felix Amiri, AFISS, Canada - I support this motion.

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  2. Oluwakemi Ibitokun14 January 2013 at 07:10

    Oluwakemi Ibitokun,Nigerian-German Chemical Plc,Nigeria-I support this motion.

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  3. Madhukar Kapur, Process & Technologies, New Delhi Area, India - I support this motion.

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  4. Leah Gatchalian, General Manager, S & L Global Company, Inc.,
    Philippine - I support this motion.

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  5. Iordan Petkov, Chief State Veterinarian Veterinary Public Health and Export Control
    South Africa - I support this motion.

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  6. Arpan Bhagat, Butterfield Foods, USA, I support this motion.

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  7. Anila Xhufi,National Food Authority, Head of Official Control Food Laboratories, Albania - I support this motion.

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  8. Nick Willison, Business Development Manager, Hollison Technologies, Owensboro, Kentuck, USA - I support this motion.

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  9. Johannes van ’t Riet, Interim QA support at Voedselveiligheid.nu, Handelsonderneming van Roekel, Utrecht Area, Netherlands - I support this motion.

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  10. Nergiz Gülburun, Quality Control Chief, Nuh'un Ankara Makarnası, Ankara, Turkey - I support this motion.

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  11. Encheng Chen. PhD student at IFNHH, New Zealand - I support this motion.

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  12. Adesioye Temiloluwa, Masters Student, University of Sheffield, UK – I support this motion.

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  13. “I support this motion” as very important part of food chain.

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  14. Night Caroline, QMS Auditor, Britania Allied Industries Limited, Uganda - I support this motion.

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  15. i support this motion

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  16. Asadullah Bhatti21 March 2014 at 16:16

    I support this motion

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  17. I support this motion from India.

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  18. I fully support this motion from South Africa (Cape Town)

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  19. I support this motion!

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