Food, Health and Product Safety

The first meeting of the reformed Consumer Standing Forum was held in Sydney on 14 September 2011. Representatives attended from CFA, Consumer Affairs Victoria, NSW Fair Trading, QLD Office of Fair Trading, ACCC and Standards Australia. It was chaired by John Furbank from the CFA. The purpose of the CSF is to a. raise with…

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A new global tool for tracking junk food marketing looks to get governments moving on obesity. The tool, prepared by Consumers International, the global peak for national consumer organisations includes a manual for monitoring children’s exposure to unhealthy food and drink promotions launches worldwide interactive TV commercials and child-friendly websites targeted alongside traditional mediay Consumers…

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CFA member CHOICE has launched a Better Food Labelling Campaign. The campaign invites consumers around Australia to ‘Shame the Claim‘, a call to to send to Choice food labels which make dodgy nutrition claims that hide the unhealthy reality. Choice says claims like ‘reduced fat,’ ‘low carb’ and ‘high in fibre’ are often used selectively…

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CFA member CHOICE is calling for mandatory country of origin labelling on unpackaged beef, sheep and chicken products to help consumers make informed decisions about the meat they’re buying. Currently, only unpackaged pork and seafood are required to carry labels identifying their country of origin, but CHOICE believes this should be extended to beef, chicken…

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A sunscreen without nano particles was recently forced to tone down its advertising claim that it was safer than alternative products which do contain nano particles. In electronic media advertising the company stated that “Unlike most sunscreens Invisible Zinc is a physical barrier between you and the sun.” Online the ads went further, saying that…

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Standards Australia has two committees working in this area which include CFA representatives. With recent controversy on claims made by a sunscreen without nano particles, the work of the committees is as important as ever. CS-042 Sunscreen Agents is currently revising AS/NZ 2604:1998 Sunscreen products: evaluation & classification with the aim to bring it more…

Read More Sunscreen and nano tech – safety and consumers’ right to know?

ACCC mandatory product safety reporting triggers recalls Issued 16th August 2011 The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released figures for the first six months of the mandatory reporting product safety requirement under the Australian Consumer Law. http://www.productsafety.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/988537   ACCC institutes proceedings against Trade Quip over labelling of hydraulic trolley jacks Issued 25 July 2011…

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Court penalises SMS Global $85,000 for misleading consumers Issued 10th August 2011 NR 139/11 The Federal Court in Melbourne has imposed penalties totalling $85,000 against SMS Global Pty Ltd (SMS Global) and its Director, Carl Krumins for misleading consumers by falsely representing that it was endorsed by the government. Brazilian Blowout ‘formaldehyde-free’ representations likely to…

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CFA member CHOICE is calling for better regulation of pesticides and hazardous chemicals. More than 80 chemicals and pesticides no longer registered for use in Europe are available for every day agricultural and veterinary use in Australia. If that’s not alarming enough, about 75% were included in our current system 15 years ago as a…

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The Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, in consultation with a working group of representatives from Commonwealth, state and territory health departments, has prepared an issues paper on the proposed establishment and implementation of a Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) system.  The PCEHR is intended to be a secure, electronic record of an individual’s medical history, stored and…

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The Select Committee on Australia’s Food Processing Sector is inquiring into the competitiveness and future viability of Australia’s food processing sector. As part of its inquiry, the committee will consider the implications for the sector of Australia’s regulatory environment, competition regime and anti-dumping rules, international anti-free trade measures, and production inputs. The committee is inviting…

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ACCC concerned baby bling still on sale The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is concerned that baby bling is still available for purchase online despite a national ban introduced by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, David Bradbury, on Friday, 15th July. For more information, go to the ACCC website. National product safety ban for…

Read More ACCC Product Safety Announcements, July 2011