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Foul Play and the Case of the Organic Eggs

Paull, John (2008) Foul Play and the Case of the Organic Eggs. EDO Bulletin (26), pp. 2-3.

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Summary

The demand for organic food is often reported as exceeding supply. When faced with just such a shortfall in supply, Australian egg supplier G. O. Drew Pty Ltd substituted non-organic eggs to fill the supply gap. That deception has cost the company $295,000, the egg business has been sold, and the owners are no longer egg suppliers or packers.
The 2007 case of ACCC v G. O. Drew Pty Ltd is a milestone for the Australian organic sector - it is the first Australian case where the Australian Consumer & Competition Commission (ACCC) has publicly challenged organic food labelling claims. This compares to at least 16 cases where the ACCC has successfully challenged false and/or misleading Country of Origin labelling (CoOL). Details of the case and problematic issues with the judgement are discussed.


EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:certified organic, fake, fraud, false, deception, labelling, passing off, legal, Australia, Trade Practices Act, Australian Consumer & Competition Commission, ACCC.
Subjects:"Organics" in general > Country reports > Australia
"Organics" in general
Values, standards and certification > Regulation
Values, standards and certification
Values, standards and certification > Consumer issues
Research affiliation: Australia > Australian National University
Deposited By: Paull, Dr John
ID Code:13226
Deposited On:05 Mar 2008
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:36
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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