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April 27, 2011

Melamine Scandal Highlights Product Liability Challenges

Bangkok Post, Corporate Counsellor Column

Recent reports of melamine contamination of imported milk products have had a profound global impact, not only on the Chinese milk product manufacturers and exporters, but on other businesses in the supply chain. In Thailand, the effect of the melamine scandal on local business is reflected in lost sale opportunities and a general reduction in consumer confidence. The melamine scandal also highlights a point of concern for business operators providing products in Thailand: the impact of recent legislative changes on litigation of product liability claims. This article highlights these recent changes and suggests proactive strategies to reduce the potential liabilities for business operators.

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