The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is urging the egg industry to review its free-range claims after a free-range egg producer was fined $300,000 for falsely labelling its eggs as 'free range'.
The food industry today is highly regulated as it has to adhere to stringent guidelines for safety and quality; while at the same time, due to harsh competition, it has to respond to customer demands without major changes to the price of the finished products.
FSANZ is seeking information about how the migration of chemicals from packaging into food is currently being managed by industry - particularly smaller operators.
An importer has been fined $25,000 for failing to test 2241 kg Parma ham imported from Italy in 2011. Paqualino Licastro, owner of Perth import company Topas Pty Ltd, was fined $3000 while the company was fined $22,000.
New requirements for nutrition content claims about dietary fibre could be delayed by 12 months after the Australian Food and Grocery Council applied to extend the requirements to January 2017.
Following the revelation that not a single Victorian business has received fines for breaching country of origin (CoOL) laws, AUSVEG and the Victorian Farmers Federation have levelled criticism at the perceived inaction by authorities.
Coles has rejected the ACCC's claims of unconscionable conduct towards some of its suppliers. The company says the five suppliers in question still continue to be "valued suppliers to Coles".
Coles is being taken to the Federal Court by the ACCC for alleged 'unconscionable conduct' towards its suppliers. The ACCC alleges that Coles' conduct contravenes the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).
The AFGC has welcomed the Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda's strong focus on boosting industry competitiveness.
The OISCC has proposed three changes to the National Standard for Organic and Bio-dynamic Produce to give the standard more clarity and bring it into line with international organic standards. The proposed changes affect conversion periods, testing and poultry.
Coles has been slapped with a 3-year ban on advertising its bread as being freshly baked in-store. The ruling comes after revelations that some of its 'fresh' bread products were in fact par-baked months before being shipped frozen and 'finished' in Coles stores.
An industry-led proposed code of conduct for the grocery sector has been welcomed by the ACCC. However, the commission has called for enforceability and coverage issues to be discussed before a conclusion is reached.
While other nations have successfully reduced their sodium intake, Australians are still eating too much salt. It's time for the Commonwealth government to get tough on the food industry to reduce the salt content of processed foods. So, what's the best way to make this happen?
Pirovic Enterprises has been found guilty of engaging in misleading conduct and making misleading representations for falsely labelling and promoting eggs as 'free range'.
Criticism of the food industry has itself become a niche industry. But the tendency to embrace a US-centric conception of how the industry works risks masking local variants and inhibiting a targeted response in other countries