ACCC Busts Eucalyptus Oil Supplier For False 'Made In Australia' Labelling

Eucalyptus oil is a dinky-di product, but that doesn't automatically mean it's made down under. The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has fined Double D $6,600 for falsely claiming that oil from China and Southern Africa was actually made in Australia.

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"Consumers should be able to rely on the accuracy of labels, especially when they are prepared to pay a premium for products made in Australia," ACCC chairman Rod Sims said. The ACCC has plenty of form in this space, having, for example, busted ALDI for falsely labelling organic honey. Consumers can't do much themselves to determine if "Made In Australia" labels are accurate, so it's good to see the law being enforced.

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Comments

    It would probably be worth more than $6,600 for Double D to change their label.........

    $6,600 only?
    Even $66,000 is a bit light I'd have thought.. $660,000 sounds more like a figure that might discourage others trying the same "trick".
    I recently bought Double D brand Eucalyptus Oil and was happy to pay the Australian Made Premium (it was about a $1 extra).. I'm very UNhappy to find out it likely isn't/wasn't Australian Made.

    Max penalty for a corporation under s.134C of the CCA is = 600 penalty units.
    1 penalty unity = $110.
    Max penalty for an infringement notice (aka fine) = $66,000.

    What a crazy world we are living in that we import prawns, boomerangs, and eucalyptus oil from China.

    With a fine this low it is actually telling companies the opposite of what it is supposed to.

    Companies will see this as a reason to slap "Made in Australia" on their labels as they will only cop the smallest of fines compared to the savings they would make by importing cheaper oil.

    This isn't even a slap on the wrist, it is a pat on the back.

    $6,600 doesn't seem much of a penalty. It will hardly deter others from making similar claims.

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