Fine creates big boost for the organic poultry egg industry
The consequences for lying about eggs being organic
cost one egg marketer in Australia a massive fine to be paid to organic
GO Drew Pty Ltd has paid a total of AUS$270,000 after admitting to the ACCC
that it had deliberately substituted free-range eggs to its free-range organic
products over an extended period to make-up short falls in organic egg
The products concerned were sold as being certified organic by the National
Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia (NASAA).
The Organic Federation of Australia, the peak organic industry body, will
receive $216,000 to be used to assist in the development of a national standard
for organic and biodynamic produce through Standards Australia.
NASAA will receive $54,000 to enhance its ability to certify and monitor
"The funding is a very timely event for the industry which is currently
developing an Australian Standard for organic and biodynamic produce," said
Autralian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) chairman, Graeme
"Many consumers actively seek out and are prepared to pay a premium for
organically produced products. Many farmers also make a significant investment
to grow and differentiate organic produce. The development of a national
standard will benefit both consumers and producers by enhancing the opportunity
for informed choice."
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