We have a range of enforcement options available to us, including issuing warnings, investigating the conduct, issuing infringement notices or commencing legal proceeding.
Under the Horticulture Code growers and traders can use any procedures they choose to resolve a dispute. However, the Code has a dispute resolution process that must be followed if it is initiated by one of the parties.
The Horticulture Code requires growers and traders to have a written contract, called a Horticulture produce Agreement (HPA) before they can trade with each other..
Under the Horticulture Code, traders and growers must deal with each other in good faith. Failure to deal in good faith can lead to penalties for breaching the Code.
Any claims you make about your products, including their country of origin, are subject to two overarching rules under the ACL.
A product will have been substantially transformed in a country if it meets these requirements.
The types of country or origin clams that may be made about products vary. It is up to you to determine what kind of claim you can make.
Under the ACL, the only products that must be labelled with their country of origin are foods sold in stores, markets, online or vending machines if they meet certain conditions.
Many businesses - either because they have to or choose to - make claims about where their products come from. Associating a product with a particular country is one way in which your business may try to differentiate your products from those of your competitors.
Does your business make claims about the origin of your products? Find out how the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) regulates country of origin claims.