Orientation session held with women lawyers Consumer protection, food fortification

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ZUBAIR QURESHI In a bid to sensitise female lawyers’ on the legal framework of consumer protection and food fortification, TheNetwork for Consumer Protection in collaboration with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) arranged a one-day orientation session in Rawalpindi. Facilitated by Farzana Aziz, the newly elected Rawalpindi bar Joint Secretary, over two-dozen active female lawyers participated in the event. Nadeem Iqbal, CEO, TheNetwork, while welcoming the participants briefed them on the need for adopting standards for a comprehensive food fortification in the country. He said it required a mixed approach of using three provincial laws: food fortification, consumer protection, and right to information. They are needed to be used for consumer complaint redress and judicial review of regulatory mechanisms. He said while consumer protection law has a focus at deceptive marketing, food fortification provides for the implementation of standards for food fortification and periodic laboratory testing, right to information law can be used by lawyers to gather evidence to consolidate their cases if food standards are not complied