The Role of Consumer Associations
By Jean Lukaz,
GSB-PTB Conference; June 17 2008
June 2008
Ghana Standards Board (GSB) – Physikalisch

Teknische Bundesanstalt (PTB) Conference,
Accra
Facilitator: Jean...
Our Focus
Consumer Participation in Standardization
Consumer Education
Comparative Shopping

The Consumer Partnership (...
Consumer Info & Advocacy

The Consumer Partnership (The COP)

4
Partners
MOTI PSD PSI
GSB
Other Regulatory Bodies

The Consumer Partnership (The COP)

5
Consumer Associations as Agents of Vigilance &
Promotion of Consumer Rights
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.

The Right to Basic ne...
Global Consumer Movement
Against
Biotechnology: GM Food
Junk Food: especially to Children-‘Junk Kids’
UNFair Trade

Th...
Anybody here who
has never had any
foodborne
illness???
The Consumer Partnership (The COP)

8
Food Safety
Critical to Consumer Health & Safety
Food Chain: Difficulty in Tracing from the Farm to the

Table

 Ingred...
Issues
From Food Technology to Food Safety
Nuclear Food
 Irradiation as a ‘substitute’ for Sanitary Practices
 GM Techn...
Killing us Softly with Exports
Good Food Exported : Destination Standards
Bad Food Sold within:
Fruits
Vegetables
Fis...
Appropriate Food Technology vs
Advanced Technology
Reach
Cost
Attitude
Effectiveness

The Consumer Partnership (The CO...
Information!
Information!!
Information!!!

...Consumer Education...
The Consumer Partnership (The COP)

13
The Consumer Movement &
Consumer Education in Ghana
The ‘burnt out flame’ syndrome
Funding
Partnerships
Reach
Vigilan...
The Challenges
Patronising Consumers
Getting Consumers to Speak for themselves
Oversimplifying Consumer Protection

The...
The Way Forward
Some Consumer Associations need Education

themselves !!!
Consumer Education in School Curriculum
Consu...
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  1. 1. The Role of Consumer Associations By Jean Lukaz, GSB-PTB Conference; June 17 2008
  2. 2. June 2008 Ghana Standards Board (GSB) – Physikalisch Teknische Bundesanstalt (PTB) Conference, Accra Facilitator: Jean Lukaz Topic: ‘Competence and Technology for Safer Food and Increased Agricultural Exports’, -‘Role of Consumer Associations’ The Consumer Partnership (The COP) 2
  3. 3. Our Focus Consumer Participation in Standardization Consumer Education Comparative Shopping The Consumer Partnership (The COP) 3
  4. 4. Consumer Info & Advocacy The Consumer Partnership (The COP) 4
  5. 5. Partners MOTI PSD PSI GSB Other Regulatory Bodies The Consumer Partnership (The COP) 5
  6. 6. Consumer Associations as Agents of Vigilance & Promotion of Consumer Rights 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. The Right to Basic needs The Right to Safety The Right to Information The Right to Choice The Right to Representation The Right to Redress The Right to Consumer Education The Right to Healthy Environment The Consumer Partnership (The COP) 6
  7. 7. Global Consumer Movement Against Biotechnology: GM Food Junk Food: especially to Children-‘Junk Kids’ UNFair Trade The Consumer Partnership (The COP) 7
  8. 8. Anybody here who has never had any foodborne illness??? The Consumer Partnership (The COP) 8
  9. 9. Food Safety Critical to Consumer Health & Safety Food Chain: Difficulty in Tracing from the Farm to the Table  Ingredients from different Countries  Pesticide Residues Global Hypocrisy Corporate Agenda: Unethical Business Practices HACCP of Ethnic and Local Foods: Limited in Ghana Unhealthy population>>> Children & Elderly>>> Unhealthy Nation  Impacts on Tourism and Economy The Consumer Partnership (The COP) 9
  10. 10. Issues From Food Technology to Food Safety Nuclear Food  Irradiation as a ‘substitute’ for Sanitary Practices  GM Technology  Calibration of Testing Equipment  Availability of Testing Facilities  Cost of Testing  Appropriate Equipment  Obsolete Equipment  Dumping  Technology Misuse  ‘Truth in Labelling’  The Consumer Partnership (The COP) 10
  11. 11. Killing us Softly with Exports Good Food Exported : Destination Standards Bad Food Sold within: Fruits Vegetables Fish Food Shortage vs Agricultural Exports The Consumer Partnership (The COP) 11
  12. 12. Appropriate Food Technology vs Advanced Technology Reach Cost Attitude Effectiveness The Consumer Partnership (The COP) 12
  13. 13. Information! Information!! Information!!! ...Consumer Education... The Consumer Partnership (The COP) 13
  14. 14. The Consumer Movement & Consumer Education in Ghana The ‘burnt out flame’ syndrome Funding Partnerships Reach Vigilance Media misuse Consumer fatigue Media Hypocrisy Consumer Participation in Standardization The Consumer Partnership (The COP) 14
  15. 15. The Challenges Patronising Consumers Getting Consumers to Speak for themselves Oversimplifying Consumer Protection The Consumer Partnership (The COP) 15
  16. 16. The Way Forward Some Consumer Associations need Education themselves !!! Consumer Education in School Curriculum Consumer Education as a Priority in Civic Education Enacting a Consumer Protection Policy Passing Consumer Protection Laws Consumer Redress Mechanisms A federation of Consumer Associations... A ‘Food Safety Coalition’ A Food Safety Act!!!  Food & Drugs Law inadequate The Consumer Partnership (The COP) 16

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