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Consumers at risk with EU law `dithering'.

THE government was today accused of ``dithering'' over the introduction of new laws to force companies to withdraw dangerous products.

Consumer magazine Which? warned lives could be put at risk by the delay in implementing an EU law to give consumers greater protection.

Seven people are killed each year by unsafe products which have not been recalled, according to estimates from the Department for Trade and Industry.

The decision to order a recall is currently voluntary, but Which? has been campaigning for regulations to make it mandatory.

An EU product safety directive came into force in December 2001, requiring governments to strengthen safety laws.

Authorities will have the power to withdraw dangerous products from sale and, if necessary,order a recall.

Which? says the directive should have applied in the UK from January but the DTI expects it to be nearer October.
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