Food, Health and Product Safety

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Health insurers have handed back to policyholders about $2.1 billion of the profits they gained from a reduction in claims between the start of the pandemic and 30 June 2022, the ACCC’s latest report into the private health insurance industry has found. Figures submitted by insurers to the Department of Health and Aged Care show…

Read More Health funds continue to return profits to meet COVID-19 commitments

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Ninety-four per cent of new quad bikes assessed by Australia’s consumer law regulators were compliant with the national safety standard that has been in force since October last year, a nationwide surveillance program has found. The ACCC worked with state and territory consumer protection and work health and safety agencies to conduct a second annual…

Read More Quad bike safety checks show improved compliance

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The UK consumer organisation Which? has launched a campaign – Affordable Food for  All – because Which? says millions of families are skipping meals to survive the cost of living crisis and with the price of essential products soaring, supermarkets have a crucial role to play to help everyone. Which? also conducted a consumer survey…

Read More UK supermarkets asked to implement a 10 point action plan to improve food affordability

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The ACCC will be directly contacting almost 5,000 households that are likely to have energy solar systems with dangerous LG solar batteries in the coming weeks, to continue efforts to raise awareness about safety recalls. The batteries, which may be branded LG, SolaX, Opal, Redback, Red Earth, Eguana, and VARTA, can overheat and catch fire,…

Read More ACCC warns consumers about potentially deadly solar batteries

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The Medical Board of Australia (the Board) is now consulting on three documents relating to regulation of medical practitioners who provide cosmetic surgery. The documents are in response to recommendations in the Independent review of the regulation of medical practitioners who perform cosmetic surgery. Draft Registration standard: Endorsement of registration for cosmetic surgery for registered…

Read More Public consultation – Regulation of medical practitioners who provide cosmetic medical and surgical procedures

The Albanese Government will provide $1.6 million to deliver its election commitment to introduce Country of Origin Labelling in the seafood industry.  The Government will work closely with the seafood and hospitality sectors to improve seafood labelling and help consumers make informed decisions about the food they buy.  Assistant Minister for Trade and Manufacturing Tim…

Read More Clearer seafood labelling a big win for consumers

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Six industry associations that represent the online industry in Australia have published new online safety codes for public consultation. This item is from Online Safety. Australia’s Online Safety Act 2021, which came into effect in January 2022, requires the development of codes by industry associations to regulate certain types of harmful online material, known as Class 1A…

Read More Have your say: New online safety industry codes

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ASIC’s review of nearly 4800 individual disability income insurance (IDII) claims received between 1 January and 30 June 2021 has found more work is needed by insurers to ensure that consumers are protected from unfair practices in non-disclosure investigations and physical surveillances. As a result of ASIC’s review, some life insurers have made improvements to…

Read More ASIC review finds room for improvement remains with life insurance claims handling

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Recently, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) published an interview with Ian Jarratt from the Queensland Consumers Association on the relevance of retail food price transparency to the FAO’s Right to Food Program. In the interview Ian says that food price transparency is extremely relevant to consumers’ right to food because it ensures that…

Read More Price transparency and consumers’ right to food

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The ACCC is seeking feedback on ways to reduce significant safety risks associated with products commonly used to place babies to sleep. A consultation paper published today, outlines a range of proposed regulatory options which aim to prevent infant injuries and deaths caused by inclined and other products when used for sleep. This is a media release from the Australian…

Read More ACCC seeks to reduce infant sleep product risks to help keep babies safe