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New laws to protect consumers delayed.

THE government has been accused of "dithering" over the introduction of new laws to force companies to withdraw dangerous products.

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

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

An EU directive - the General Product Safety Directive - came into force in December 2001, requiring governments to strengthen product safety laws.

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

Which? says the directive should have applied in the UK from January.
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Date:Mar 4, 2004
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