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Egg industry pressured to review free-range claims

14 November, 2014

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'.

Improve the bottom line by automating the tracking and tracing of your products

13 November, 2014 by Syspro

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.

Information required on chemical migration from packaging into food

12 November, 2014

FSANZ is seeking information about how the migration of chemicals from packaging into food is currently being managed by industry - particularly smaller operators.

Importer fined $25K for telling porkies about imported ham

10 November, 2014

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.

Start date for dietary fibre claim requirements could be pushed back

24 October, 2014

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.

AUSVEG calls for stronger policing of country of origin labelling laws

21 October, 2014

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 defends unconscionable conduct claims

16 October, 2014

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 back in court over alleged mistreatment of suppliers

16 October, 2014

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).

Competitiveness the biggest hurdle for Aust food sector

14 October, 2014

The AFGC has welcomed the Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda's strong focus on boosting industry competitiveness.

Organic conversion periods, testing and poultry rules to change

09 October, 2014

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 slapped with 3-year fresh bread advertising ban

02 October, 2014

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.

ACCC welcomes grocery code of conduct; calls for further discussion

01 October, 2014

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.

Salt overload - it's time to get tough on the food industry

29 September, 2014 by Jacqui Webster, George Institute for Global Health

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?

Egg producer fined $300K for false 'free range' claims

25 September, 2014

Pirovic Enterprises has been found guilty of engaging in misleading conduct and making misleading representations for falsely labelling and promoting eggs as 'free range'.

Big Food with a regional flavour: how Australia's food lobby works

22 September, 2014 by Christopher Mayes, University of Sydney and Jenny Kaldor, University of Sydney

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

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