Enabling technologies have the potential to underpin consumer benefits in areas such as medical treatments, energy generation and environmental remediation. But they may also pose new health, safety and environmental risks, CFA is the Council established to provide advice to government on future directions of their strategy on enabling technologies.
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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has led a national product safety surveillance program resulting in the recall or removal from sale of over 95,000 unsafe products including trolley jacks, children’s nightwear, bunk beds, cots, hot water bottles, blinds and curtains.
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Standards for toy safety ensure toys are hazard free and safe. They reduce the risk of a child being injured by unsafe equipment, dangerous substances and choking hazards. Current work by Standards Australia technical committee concerns activity toys, concerns about impaction and impalement, and projectiles, rotors and propellers.
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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court, alleging misleading or deceptive conduct in relation to the promotion and supply of chicken products. The ACCC is taking action against Baiada Poultry Pty Ltd and Bartter Enterprises Pty Ltd which supply chickens nationally under the Steggles brand, Turi Foods which supplies…
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Home mechanics are being encouraged by the ACCC not to be jackasses when using vehicle jacks, stands and ramps as a part of a national DIY vehicle maintenance safety campaign launched today. Issued 1 September 2011 Click here for more product safety news from the ACCC
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Professor Roger Clarke is upset that consumer have yet again been left out of processes to develop eHealth standards.
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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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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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Former CFA President Denis Nelthorpe and consumer advocate Elaine Attwood were both made Members of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Queens Birthday honours list in June 2011. Denis has played many roles in the Australia consumer movement. He was Director of the Consumer Credit Legal Service in the 1980s when it successfully took…
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