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Media releases from the last 3 months

  • Date: 22nd December 2014
    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.
  • Date: 15th December 2014
    Consumer Protection Western Australia is reminding parents and carers of young children about the potential risk of infants drowning in shallow portable pools this summer.
  • Date: 12th December 2014
    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.
  • Date: 11th December 2014
    Portable swimming pools pose a serious drowning risk to children. To combat this risk, Royal Life Saving, ACCC and consumer affairs agencies around Australia have collaborated on a portable pool safety campaign called “Make It Safe” in the lead up to Christmas and the summer period.
  • Date: 10th December 2014
    Mums and dads playing Santa this Christmas can be reassured that Queensland retailers are selling the safest batch of festive toys for five years.
  • Date: 8th December 2014
    A crackdown on discount stores, pop-up shops, markets and online websites had seen 95 non-compliant toy products pulled from shelves across Sydney in the lead up to Christmas, NSW Fair Trading Minister, Matthew Mason-Cox said today.
  • Date: 5th December 2014
    In the lead up to summer holidays, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is warning about the dangers of children riding quad bikes meant for adults.
  • Date: 4th December 2014
    With summer officially underway, South Australian pool owners are being encouraged to take action to make their pools safe for enjoyment.
  • Date: 2nd December 2014
    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is urging consumers to watch out for flammable candle holders and decorations this Christmas.
  • Date: 1st December 2014
    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is encouraging the community to choose the best protection for their eyes.
  • Date: 24th November 2014
    As the weather heats up and Queenslanders flock to the pool or beach to cool off, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is urging consumers to stay safe while using common summer products and accessories.
  • Date: 3rd November 2014
    New South Wales Fair Trading Minister Matthew Mason-Cox is today reminding families to be vigilant about children’s safety in and around portable pools, as we head into summer.
  • Date: 31st October 2014
    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Chairman Rod Sims has updated Senators on a key area of work for the commission, whilst appearing before the Senate Economics committee estimates hearing.
  • Date: 31st October 2014
    State and Territory safety regulators have announced additional recalls of Infinity Cable.
  • Date: 30th October 2014
    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s annual report for 2013–14 shows the ACCC was involved in 53 proceedings relating to consumer protection enforcement, increased competition enforcement and sent strong deterrence messages by securing over $12 million in penalties and other remedies during the year.
  • Date: 30th October 2014
    Toys “R” Us Australia Pty Ltd (Toys R Us) has paid a penalty of $10,200 after the issue of an infringement notice by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in relation to the supply of ‘Nantucket 4-in-1’ household cots that did not comply with the mandatory safety standard.
  • Date: 28th October 2014
    Consumers need to be aware of the risks associated with ethanol burners following a concerning trend of serious burns incidents across Australia, Attorney­-General, Simon Corbell, said today.
  • Date: 24th October 2014
    New South Wales Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe announced a ban on the sale of certain models of area (outdoor) gas heaters due to non-compliance with the Australian Standard.
  • Date: 23rd October 2014
    Minister for Consumer Affairs Heidi Victoria today helped destroy hundreds of dangerous toys, putting safety first for families during National Children’s Week as the Christmas shopping period approaches.
  • Date: 22nd October 2014
    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission today outlined activities aimed at ensuring safe products and accurate marketing claims in the cosmetic industry.

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