The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is urging the community to get a licensed electrician to check if degrading Infinity electrical cables are installed in their homes or businesses, as recent progress reports show that only 179 premises have so far been rectified and approximately 5 per cent of the supplied cable remediated.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission proposes to authorise the Association of Magazine Publishers of Australia (MPA) to run a pilot program over 3-6 months with 20 newsagents. This program will test the effectiveness of a proposed approach to address longstanding problems with the oversupply of magazines to newsagents.
With two deaths and over 16,000 ingestion cases reported every year worldwide the ACCC, in partnership with international regulators, is urging parents to be careful when using and storing laundry products so they don’t accidentally harm children.
Liquid laundry detergent capsules or ‘laundry pods’ contain highly concentrated liquid detergent in water-soluble packaging that releases on contact with moisture. A child can burst the laundry capsule and release the entire contents onto the skin or mouth with only a small amount of saliva or pressure.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is alerting consumers to the dangers of water expanding balls after several children ingested them in Australia and required hospital treatment to have them removed.
Water absorbing polymer balls (also known as water beads) can expand to the size of a golf ball when they come into contact with liquid, up to 400 times their original size. They are commonly used as decorative items in vases and centrepieces.
Every week, an average of five children present to an emergency department with an injury related to button batteries in Australia.
Button batteries are found in many common household products such as remote control devices that unlock car doors, TV remote controls, calculators, kitchen and bathroom scales and greeting cards.
“If a toddler or young child swallows a button battery, it can burn through their oesophagus in just a couple of hours causing serious injury or death,” ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said.
In his first speech of the year, Chairman Rod Sims launches the 2015 edition of the ACCC’s Compliance and Enforcement Policy at CEDA in Sydney. Mr Sims announces cartel conduct in government procurement, truth in advertising, competition and consumer issues in the health sector and industry codes as new priorities. He also outlines the ACCC’s role in ensuring privatisation delivers for consumers, improving the functioning of the financial system given the competition focus of the Murray report, ensuring a smooth transition for consumers to NBN services and reviewing water rules to improve outcomes in the Murray-Darling Basin.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is urging consumers to inspect all power boards and double adaptors in their homes after receiving 13 recall notifications within the last five months. There have been 216,273 potentially affected units distributed nationwide, with the majority supplied within the last five years.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is alerting consumers that Mountain View Farm Organic Bath Milk has been recalled today. The bath milk contains raw, or unpasteurised, milk and is sold in one and two litre varieties.
“Mountain View Farm Organic Bath Milk has been linked to a number of recent health concerns in young children after being used as a substitute for regular pasteurised milk," ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said.
“The message from health agencies is clear: do not drink unpasteurised milk.”
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has filed a notice of appeal in relation to the recent decision of the Federal Court which dismissed part of the ACCC’s case against Dateline Imports Pty Ltd (Dateline).