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No Israeli feedback yet - Davies

DTI Minister has not yet received feedback from Israel on relabeling products.

Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies on Monday said he has not yet received official feedback from Israel over the possible relabeling of products from occupied Palestine.|

Davies published a notice in the government gazette which detailed this departments plans to bar traders from labeling products from Palestine as 'Made in Israel'.

His department said it was taking this matter extremely seriously.

The department's new requirements could see 'Made In Israel' labels being replaced by labels reading 'Made in Occupied Palestinian Territories' if the product was originally manufactured in Palestine.

Davies said the plans are not cast in stone just yet.

"We are in the process of taking public input and they (Israel) are more than welcome to submit. But so far, we have not received any feedback from their government."

The South African Jewish Board of Deputies' Zev Krengel said Davies has erred in his judgement, as products from other contested territories in the world are not subjected to the same set of rules.

"Some people still feel that Taiwan is still a part of China and instead of labels reading 'Made in Taiwan' it should read 'Made in the Greater Republic of China'. So now we making everyone buy labels under the same heading."

The department's Macdonald Netshitenzhe said the public can have their say via a public participation process over the next two months.

He said the public have the right to know the origin of the products they purchase.

"This is nothing new; it has been done in Britain because they don't want their consumers to be misled."

The deadline for public participation has been set for 10 July.

For more information contact the DTI - contactus@thedti.gov.za

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