Dishwasher Tablets: Campaign to Eradicate Products that aren't Squeaky Clean

In a move to protect Australia's waterways and wildlife from algal blooms, the environment pressure group DoSomething today launches a campaign to ban phosphates in automatic dishwasher detergents. All manufacturers have removed the chemical from tablets and powders sold in the US and Europe. However, many products have yet to clean up their act by introducing the phosphate-free formula in Australia.    Source: Tim Barlass, SMH Phosphate free

ACCC Statement on Aldi Flushable Wipes

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission has raised concerns with ALDI regarding its promotion of ALDI Green Action Flushable Bathroom Cleaning Wipes (100pk) in its Special Buys catalogue. The ACCC’s concerns stem from the use of the term ‘flushable’, in particular the concern that such a claim may mislead consumers if the claim cannot be substantiated. The ACCC is already pursuing alleged misleading ‘flushable’ claims more generally, with two proceedings currently before the Federal Court against Pental and Kimberly-Clark Australia Pty Ltd. Part of the ACCC allegations around those two proceedings are the products do not, for example, disintegrate like toilet paper when flushed. The ACCC says Australian water authorities face significant problems when non-suitable products are flushed down the toilet as they contribute to blockages in household and municipal sewerage systems.    Sources: Un-flushable wipes ; Un-flushable wipes 2

RFA Breaking News

Complementary Medicines (“Dietary supplements”):

  Therapeutic Goods (Permissible Ingredients) Determination No. 2 of 2018 – Update The Therapeutic Goods (Permissible Ingredients) Determination No. 2 of 2018 was registered on the Federal Register of Legislation…

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Foods:

  Lupin Allergen Declaration Now Mandatory Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is reminding food businesses that mandatory allergen labelling requirements for lupin began on 26 May 2018. FSANZ CEO…

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Cosmetics (& Household cleaning products):

  Microbeads Now Banned in New Zealand: Is Your Product Affected? Microbeads are tiny plastic particles, including plastic-based glitter, that are added to products to increase their cleaning or scrubbing…

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Marketing News:

  5 New Rules for Direct Selling Success It used to be that choosing how you wanted to sell your products using a direct selling method was a fairly simple…

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Complementary Medicines (“Dietary supplements”):

  TGA Releases Updated Australian Regulatory Guidelines For Complementary Medicines (ARGCM) The Australian Regulatory Guidelines for Complementary Medicines (ARGCM) provide information for manufacturers, sponsors, healthcare professionals and the general public…

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Foods:

  Failing Food Report This report details food that was found to fail under the Imported Food Inspection Scheme. The noncompliant food was not distributed for sale in Australia. It…

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