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Facebook

Massive global ID theft nets 1.2 billion passwords

Cyber-attack by Russian criminals targets 420,000 websites, according to US security firm claiming to have discovered the breach.

6 Aug 2014 | US firm Hold Security reveals one of the largest data breaches of all time. Individual and corporate usernames, passwords and email addresses put at risk across the world.

Facebook forces extra app for mobile chat

Separate messaging app sparks angry response, affecting more than one billion Facebook users.

4 Aug 2014 | Facebook is replacing live chat in its core mobile app, with a dedicated messaging service. Users who want to instant message via Facebook will need to install the extra app.

Facebook snooping on your browsing

Social media sites wants to follow you on the web.

26 Jun 2014 | Facebook has given itself permission to track users' web browsing beyond the social media site to target ads to them.

Facebook, Vodafone and Optus go back up after outages

There were a number of outages across mobile and social media services yesterday.

20 Jun 2014 | What was going on yesterday? Facebook, Vodafone and Optus all experienced outages.

Copyright law reform

Is a fair-use system the way to go?

19 Nov 2013 | With copyright law under review, a fair-use system could allow people to enjoy their legally purchased digital music and movies without needing to break the law.

Companies that are hard to contact

When it comes to getting in touch with some companies, it seems they're playing hide and seek with consumers.

4 Nov 2013 | CHOICE is asking companies to make their contact details more accessible, after finding some businesses are playing hard to get.

Online tracking

Browser cookies can reveal your online habits, so how do you protect yourself?

22 May 2013 | Information gleaned by cookies is valuable to marketers and advertisers, but you may not realise just how much can be pieced together about you.

Online complaints reviews and resolutions

Jump online to ensure your complaints and compliments are heard loud and clear.

13 Jan 2013 | Before you post a scathing online review of a company’s product or service, there are some crucial things you need to know so you get results and avoid legal trouble.

Protecting your privacy on Facebook

Are you sharing more than you realise?

14 Nov 2012 | Do you really know how to maintain your privacy on Facebook and keep your personal information safe?

Face-paint

Horror make-up set recall

If children absorb lead through their skin, they can suffer significant and sometimes permanent health effects.

28 Oct 2011 | PJ SAS Trading Pty Ltd is recalling horror make-up sets sold in various discout variety stores.

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Ethical fashion

How can you know who really made your clothes? Unravelling the answers isn't easy.

17 Feb 2014 | Even Australian-made garments are likely not as ethically made as you thought they were. We look into the real cost of your clothes.

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Why not woo with the classics this Valentine's Day?

11 Feb 2011 | CHOICE gives you the lowdown on two Valentine's classics: chocolates and flowers.

Ground coffee reviews

CHOICE’s expert tasters find some of the best brews at very affordable prices.

5 Dec 2009 | CHOICE asked three experts to rate 14 popular brands of ground coffee to find out which offer the best value. We uncover pointers for picking a winner.

Fairtrade sales boom

As demand for ethical products grows, big-brand companies try to jump on the bandwagon.

7 Oct 2009 | Last year, Australians spent $23.4 million on fair-trade goods, indicating the demand for ethical products isn’t waning despite the economic downturn.

Consumer Affairs - Fair Trading

Contact details for each state and territory's departments.

14 Aug 2009 | These state and territory government departments provide advice and information on consumer complaints and problems.

Organic meat in question

You pay the price for organic meat, but can you be sure that what you're getting is the real deal?

30 Jul 2009 | Organic meat is expensive to produce so you’ll pay more. But how can you be sure you’re getting what you pay for? CHOICE investigates.

Unfair contracts

Proposed legislation will give consumers uniform protection from unfair contracts.

18 Feb 2009 | Currently most consumer contracts in Australia include non-negotiable terms and conditions. Sometimes these include unfair terms.

Dark chocolate reviews

Can dark chocolate be ethical, good for you and delicious?

29 Oct 2008 | Chocoholics finally think they have valid reason to indulge — with good conscience.

Food miles

You'll be surprised at how well-travelled your food is.

28 Oct 2008 | Food miles advocates are calling for localised eating to counter the number of imported products on our supermarket shelves. But is it even possible to eat well on food grown within about 160km of where you live?

Fairtrade products

Buying Fairtrade products is a way to make your buying decisions improve the lives of small producers in developing countries.

27 Aug 2007 | So what are Fairtrade products, and what’s it all about?

Fair Trading NSW

Cash back offers in spotlight over compliance concerns

Fair trading bodies uncover problems with 'cash back' offers.

27 Nov 2014 | Pay $1000, get $100 back. Why not just get a 10% discount? Cash back offers are under fire after a compliance blitz found many with problems.

Name and shame register for shoddy car repairers

Just one out of 21 recommendations aimed at fixing the problems with dodgy car repairs has been flagged for implementation.

3 Oct 2014 | A significant number of vehicles being fixed through insurance-companies' car repairers are being returned to NSW roads after undergoing shoddy repair jobs.

Officeworks recalls faulty USB charger

Consumers warned about further faulty USB charger danger.

8 Aug 2014 | Officeworks has recalled a faulty USB charger that could cause serious injury or fire.

Before you complain

A checklist of things to do when you lodge your consumer complaint.

17 Jul 2014 | Before making a complaint about a faulty product or bad service, consumers should go through these step by step checklists. Make sure you know your consumer rights and know what you want before you complain.

Common consumer problems

Consumer experiences we'd like to share with you.

15 Jul 2014 | A selection of problems experienced by CHOICE members and consumers and how we have helped to get them fixed.

Know your consumer rights

What are your rights as a consumer?

14 Jul 2014 | Australian consumers are automatically protected by guarantees which give consumers the rights they expect when they buy goods and services.

NSW Fair Trading continues raids on vendors of suspect chargers

Businesses selling suspect electrical goods raided in NSW.

7 Jul 2014 | NSW Fair Trading continue undercover inspections for dangerous electrical goods.

Unfair contracts

What can I do about unfair contract terms?

17 Jun 2014 | A contract is a legally enforceable agreement. If it's a standard form contract you are expected to sign or click I AGREE. But if one of the terms are unfair, you might have a right to have the term declared void.

Useful contacts

A list of who to contact for help with consumer problems

17 Jun 2014 | We have listed the contact details of lots of federal, state and territory agencies and support organisations who can help with your consumer problems

Harassment and coercion of consumers

Is a bad business trying to force you into buying goods or services you don't want?

10 Jun 2014 | Businesses can't force you into buying goods or services that you don't want.

Unsolicited supplies

What you do when you receive things you didn't order.

10 Jun 2014 | If you receive goods or services that you didn't order, you don't have to pay for them.

Pyramid-schemes

Pyramid schemes seem too good to be true - because they are.

21 May 2014 | Pyramid schemes are illegal schemes that promise wealth but depend on an endless supply of new members. You're taking a big risk with your money if you invest in a pyramid scheme.

NSW set to introduce anti-ticket scalping laws

CHOICE hopes the legislation achieves its objective without hampering consumers who have genuine reasons for on-selling their tickets.

25 Oct 2013 | New legislation proposed in NSW seeks to reduce ticket scalping, but CHOICE hopes it does not inadvertently prevent consumers from on-selling their tickets for legitimate reasons.

NSW Fair Trading investigates electricity switching sites after CHOICE super complaint

NSW Fair Trading to launch investigations following CHOICE’s super complaint on electricity switching sites.

29 Jun 2012 | NSW Fair trading believes further investigation is needed to establish whether switching sites are breaching the Australian Consumer Law.

Finding a removalist

Hiring a removalist you can trust can be a shot in the dark.

25 May 2012 | In 2011, Fair Trading NSW received 300 complaints about removalists – more than one every working day on average.

CHOICE lodges super complaint

Our first super complaint under the pilot project with NSW Fair Trading has been lodged on electricity switching sites.

8 Mar 2012 | CHOICE has lodged its first super complaint, part of a pilot project with NSW Fair Trading on electricity switching sites.

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Car tyres 205-55R16 reviews  

We review tyres suitable for some of the most popular car models in Australia, such as the Toyota Corolla, Mazda 3 and Hyundai i30.

6 May 2014 | 18 brands of 205/55R16 tyres are put through CHOICE's rigorous braking, cornering and rolling resistance tests. We'll tell you which sets to buy and which to avoid.

Car tyres 175-65R15 review and compare  

We test 18 brands of 175/65R15 tyres, suitable for small cars such as the Honda Jazz, Toyota Yaris and Suzuki Swift.

29 Nov 2013 | Our new rolling resistance test evaluates “eco” claims made by some manufacturers.

Small SUV tyre reviews  

Performance on sealed roads is what sets these SUV tyres apart.

15 Nov 2012 | We review 225 60R17 car tyres, which are suitable for many small SUVs on the Australian market.

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Ceiling fan reviews

CHOICE compares 16 ceiling fans priced between $65 and $425 including AC and DC powered models.

29 Oct 2014 | If you don't want to spend big bucks on air conditioning, ceiling fans offer a cheaper, energy-efficient cooling solution and the latest range also includes DC powered models.

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Ceiling fan reviews

CHOICE compares 16 ceiling fans priced between $65 and $425 including AC and DC powered models.

29 Oct 2014 | If you don't want to spend big bucks on air conditioning, ceiling fans offer a cheaper, energy-efficient cooling solution and the latest range also includes DC powered models.

Pedestal and tower fan reviews

We find the best fans to keep you cool this summer.

27 Nov 2012 | We test 10 pedestal and tower fans, priced from $20 to $599, including models from Dyson, Kambrook, and Sunbeam.

First look Dyson pedestal fan

We take a peek at Dyson's latest bladeless offering.

14 Feb 2012 | Does this sleek pedestal fan outperform traditional models, or is its bladeless technology a lot of spin?

Dyson Air Multiplier desk fan

It looks cool, but does it really do the job?

8 Dec 2009 | This bladeless fan, which looks more like a portal to another dimension, attracts attention and works well, but at what price?

Ceiling fans review and compare

An environmentally-friendly way of cooling your home during those scorching days.

25 May 2008 | If you live in a warm climate ceiling fans can offer an environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient cooling solution.

Farmers' markets

Pesticide residues in fruit and vegetables

Does spending more on organic produce guarantee you'll avoid pesticide residues? We tested grapes from supermarkets, greengrocers and farmers' markets to find out.

25 Mar 2014 | Is it worth spending more on pesticide-free fruit and vegetables? We tested conventional and organic grapes to find out.

Tomato-and-buffalo-mozzarella-salad

Fast, simple and tasty salad for a hot summers day.

8 Jun 2010 | This simple salad with a fresh, cool taste is the perfect addition to a summer BBQ.

Farmers markets

Should you trade in your supermarket trolley for food straight off the farm?

13 Feb 2008 | There’s no legislation defining farmers' markets in Australia—each has its own charter which sets out what the market allows and doesn’t. So can you be sure that farmers and producers are the ones getting your custom?

Strawberries

We tell you how to choose the sweetest and tastiest — but our test found pesticide residues in most conventionally grown strawberries.

29 Jan 2008 | We love our strawberries. They look beautiful and good ones taste delicious. But are there hidden dangers?

Toasted muesli recipe  

Our food in focus is oats, packed full of nutritional goodies, and yummy in our muesli recipe.

4 Dec 2006 | This simple home made museli recipe is both delicious and healthy. It won't last long.

Fashion

TCFUA takes clothing brands to court

More than 20 clothing brands are alleged to have breached laws designed to protect Australian outworkers.

10 Jun 2014 | A range of clothing brands manufacturing in Australia are being taken to court by the textiles union for allegedly breaching laws designed to protect workers.

ACCC bares teeth as fashion retailers raise prices for Australians

The ACCC has launched an investigation following allegations of anti-competitive behaviour

21 May 2012 | Accusations that local fashion retailers have breached competition laws by pressuring international retailers to raise their prices for Australian customers will be investigated by Australia’s competition regulator.

Shopping for plus-size clothes

While Australians are getting bigger, the clothing industry isn't keeping up.

26 Mar 2012 | Plus-size clothing is limited and expensive for Australians despite there being a demand.

Direct factory outlets

Factory outlet centres can be a bargain hunter’s paradise but don’t let the sale signs go to your head.

18 Oct 2007 | Forget your local Westfield: there’s a new breed of shopping centre appearing around the country.

Fast food

Should you be eating less fat?

Is saturated fat as bad for us as we've been led to believe?

31 Oct 2014 | Saturated fat, polyunsaturated fat. Some say eat more, others say eat less. Why the conflicting messages? We cut through the fat.

Franchisee rights

Franchises can be a dependable port of call in a crowded marketplace - but many Australians have paid dearly for signing on the franchisee dotted line.

22 Aug 2013 | For consumers, franchises can be a dependable port of call in a crowded marketplace. But many Australians have paid dearly for signing on the dotted line to run their own franchise outlet, generally because they were led to believe one thing but working for a franchisor turned out to be another.

Increasing portion sizes

Food portion sizes are increasing, and so are our waistlines. We investigate the connection.

12 Sep 2012 | Supersizing – and increasing portion sizes in general – is a serious issue that needs to be addressed.

Fast food vegetarian 2012

How do the major chains stack up when it comes to healthy vegetarian fast food?

14 Jun 2012 | We've surveyed 12 national fast food chains and reviewed their online menus to see how their vegetarian offerings stack up nutritionally.

Confusion with Calories and kilojoules

NSW fast food energy education campaign addresses poor understanding of kilojoules.

21 Mar 2012 | The NSW Government has launched a campaign to help consumers make the most of mandatory kilojoule labelling on fast food menu boards.

Heart Foundation drops takeaway Tick

The National Heart Foundation is ending its Tick licensing program in the takeaway food industry.

22 Sep 2011 | The National Heart Foundation has announced it is scrapping its Tick licensing program in the takeaway food industry, citing its desire to broaden its work across the takeaway and catering sector.

Fast food survival guide

We look at the menus at some of Australia’s biggest fast food chains to help you choose the healthiest option available.

7 Jun 2011 | Despite many fast food outlets offering healthy options, the nutritional labelling and serving sizes of not-so-healthy choices are still not up to scratch.

South Australia to count kilojules

South Australian Government forces fast food retailers to display energy counts on menu boards.

14 Mar 2011 | New regulations requires food chains with 20 or more outlets in SA to display the kilojoule content alongside product price.

Meat pies review and compare

Very few meat pies are tasty or packed with meat, while the majority are a very unappetising prospect.

18 May 2010 | The Australian food standards authority stipulates meat pies must contain a minimum of 25% "meat flesh". But not all do.

Pizza reviews

We reveal which brands and chains offer the healthiest and tastiest options.

15 Mar 2010 | CHOICE compared more than 190 brands and flavours of pizza available nationally from supermarkets (chilled or frozen) or from takeaway chains. We found some big differences in nutritional value – and in value for money.

Ready meals

From shelf to microwave, they're ready in minutes. But are these packaged meals any good?

3 Feb 2010 | Supermarket shelves are crammed with shelf-stable meals, costing between $3 and $5. We sort the best from the rest.

Kilojoules on the menu

Some fast food chains in the UK and US are giving consumers information to make healthier choices – but Australia is missing out.

31 Jul 2009 | Among other measures to combat obesity, the federal government’s new Preventative Health Taskforce is considering whether restaurants and fast food chains should display the number of calories/kilojoules alongside each item on the menu.

Food marketing: child's play  

We take a look at how food is marketed to children, and what the problems are.

6 Mar 2007 | Kids are a special target for food marketing, and this concerns us for several reasons.

Healthy food guide - fast food

Some "healthy" fast-food options aren't much better than a Big Mac.

3 Jan 2006 | Three "healthy" options out-Mac a Big Mac when it comes to fat and salt and seven more come close and all 10 are fattier than a KFC Original Fillet Burger.

Coffee chains review and compare

You could be taking away a lot more than you bargained for.

28 May 2005 | A coffee-to-go can provide a much needed caffeine fix. While a standard latte or cappuccino may be relatively harmless, some coffee chain drinks can provide a lot more kilojoules, fat and sugar than you might realise.

Fast food

"Upsizing" your meal will really push the fat, salt and sugar right over the top.

9 Jan 2005 | When we started analysing the nutrition info from the fast-food giants, even our hardened food team was shocked by the amount of kilojoules, fat and salt that some options packed.

Fat

Should you be eating less fat?

Is saturated fat as bad for us as we've been led to believe?

31 Oct 2014 | Saturated fat, polyunsaturated fat. Some say eat more, others say eat less. Why the conflicting messages? We cut through the fat.

Australians are getting fatter

A study suggests that Australians are on par with Americans when it comes to obesity.

29 May 2014 | A global study reveals that obesity rates are climbing worldwide and Australians are getting fatter faster.

How to choose a healthy yoghurt

Are you eating a health food or a "dairy dessert"? We show you how to pick the healthiest yoghurts from the nutrition traps.

6 May 2014 | Yoghurts are marketed as healthy, but CHOICE has found some varieties have more sugar than a regular ice cream. Find out how to pick the healthiest yoghurts from the nutrition traps.

Is gluten free food healthy?

Many people are chosing gluten-free food for health and weight loss, but is it just an expensive, unhealthy fad?

22 Apr 2014 | For many people gluten-free is a lifestyle choice to "feel better" or lose weight, but many of gluten-free foods are low in nutrition and high in kilojoules, fat and sugar.

Smoothies and frappés

You might be surprised by the sugary punch packed by some of these fruit-based drinks.

14 Jan 2013 | With up to 2600kJ in one serving, the hidden sugar in some smoothies and frappés places them in the category of a junk food snack rather than a healthy drink.

Fast food vegetarian 2012

How do the major chains stack up when it comes to healthy vegetarian fast food?

14 Jun 2012 | We've surveyed 12 national fast food chains and reviewed their online menus to see how their vegetarian offerings stack up nutritionally.

Food claims 97 per cent fat free 100 per cent confusion

Proposed crackdown on ‘fat free’ claims must extend to all fat content claims.

3 Apr 2012 | CHOICE wants proposed rules that would restrict ‘fat free’ and ‘% fat free’ claims on food packaging to be extended to cover all claims about fat content.

Front-of-pack food labelling talks begin

Governments and stakeholders turn attention to front-of-pack labelling design.

3 Apr 2012 | CHOICE has met with key industry groups, and government officials to discuss the development of a single front-of-pack food labelling system.

Confusion with Calories and kilojoules

NSW fast food energy education campaign addresses poor understanding of kilojoules.

21 Mar 2012 | The NSW Government has launched a campaign to help consumers make the most of mandatory kilojoule labelling on fast food menu boards.

Fast food survival guide

We look at the menus at some of Australia’s biggest fast food chains to help you choose the healthiest option available.

7 Jun 2011 | Despite many fast food outlets offering healthy options, the nutritional labelling and serving sizes of not-so-healthy choices are still not up to scratch.

Savoury snacks

Beware savoury snacks full of salt and saturated fat.

13 May 2011 | CHOICE looks at which savoury snacks are the healthier options as well as those best avoided.

Sweet-snacks

Beware processed snacks that are loaded with sugar and bad fats.

25 Feb 2011 | We tell you which shelf-stable sweet snacks are worth throwing into your glove box or office drawer, and which should be avoided.

Stay slim strategies

A huge US survey by our sister organisation reveals six diet and exercise secrets of the slim.

22 Jun 2010 | Are there key eating and exercise strategies that are trademarks of the slim? Learn the secrets of those who never get fat.

Pizza reviews

We reveal which brands and chains offer the healthiest and tastiest options.

15 Mar 2010 | CHOICE compared more than 190 brands and flavours of pizza available nationally from supermarkets (chilled or frozen) or from takeaway chains. We found some big differences in nutritional value – and in value for money.

Trans fats in foods

CHOICE finds some manufacturers still sneak unhealthy trans fats into our foods.

26 Jun 2009 | They rarely rate a mention on the label, but the trans fats hidden in many processed foods are worse for your health than saturated fats.

Foods that make kids fatter faster

Plenty of everyday foods from the supermarket can be just as fattening as fast food.

22 Jan 2007 | Plenty of everyday products from the supermarket can be just as fattening as fast food. Often they’re aimed at kids, and even promoted as healthy.

Slimming pills

Can losing weight be as easy as popping the latest pill?

5 Dec 2005 | If you read the ads and are left with the impression that simply popping a few pills could be the answer to all your weight worries.

Coffee chains review and compare

You could be taking away a lot more than you bargained for.

28 May 2005 | A coffee-to-go can provide a much needed caffeine fix. While a standard latte or cappuccino may be relatively harmless, some coffee chain drinks can provide a lot more kilojoules, fat and sugar than you might realise.

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Fillers and Botox

The face of anti-wrinkle treatment is changing with injectables, Botox and fillers growing rapidly in popularity.

24 Mar 2014 | Thinking about anti-wrinkle treatments but lost in a sea of Botox, injectables, synthetic and fat fillers?

Feeding

Organic baby food reviews

Not all organic baby food is created equal.

19 Jun 2014 | Our review of 136 baby food varieties for under ones found there’s more to (or sometimes less of) these products than meets the eye.

Portable high chair reviews

Harnesses, boosters and clip-on toddler and infant seats are compact alternatives to a standard high chair.

23 Aug 2013 | 27 portable high chairs - including clip-on, booster, and harness types - tested for safety and security.

Woolworths slammed for selling "baby juice"

The Bebi fruit drink range claims to be the world’s first infant suitable beverage.

23 Nov 2012 | Parents are angered that Woolworths is stocking the Bebi brand juice to infants as young as six months old.

Up-market baby food

All baby foods are not created equal.

23 Feb 2007 | We’ve put up-market, gourmet, and organic baby food for the under 1s under the microscope to see how they stack up.

Bottle feeding

If you're bottlefeeding your baby here's what you need to know about formula and equipment.

24 Jul 2003 | If you don’t breastfeed your baby you’ll need to choose a formula; cow’s milk shouldn't be used as the primary milk drink in the first year of life.

Recipes for toddlers

Here's some quick recipes that are easy to make and sure to please your little one.

24 Jul 2003 | These simple recipes come from CHOICE's popular book title, Practical Cooking for Babies and Toddlers.

Breastfeeding

Breast milk is the ideal food for newborn babies — it’s perfectly designed to nourish your baby.

15 Jul 2003 | There are a number of reasons why breast is best.

Babys' first foods

We look at how to start with solids, what to choose and what to look out for.

15 Jul 2003 | Experts are probably still arguing, but the latest recommendations are that you shouldn’t start your baby on anything other than breast milk or formula before they’re six months old.

Fertility

Pregnancy multivitamin supplements

Are they essential, or just a pricey gimmick?

1 Sep 2011 | There are plenty of specialist multivitamin on the market for conception, pregnancy and breastfeeding. Can they be beneficial, or are they just a gimmick?

Feta

Radish and feta salad

CHOICE recipe for radish with danish feta dip

24 Jun 2010 | Sliced radish used to eat this feta dip adds a fresh taste.


Zucchini mint and fetta salad

A fresh zucchini and feta salad with a hint of mint

8 Jun 2010 | Using zuchini in a salad, adding feta and mint for that special flavour


Feta cheese reviews  

There’s more to this cheese of ancient origins than meets the eye.

13 Jun 2008 | Buying feta might once have been straightforward but now we’re likely to be overwhelmed by choice.

FetchTV

Hulu blocked to Australian viewers

Geoblocking services in doubt as popular US-based internet video streaming service prevents access.

30 Apr 2014 | Australian viewers relying on geoblocking services to watch their favourite shows on US sites could miss out now that Hulu is blocking VPN users.

PVR reviews   

Take control of your TV viewing. Find the right PVR to suit you needs.

10 Jan 2014 | We review eight of the latest PVRs including models with DVD/Blu-ray drives, priced between $149 and $699.

Web TV series

Find the newest and most daring web-only TV shows

30 Aug 2013 | TV on the internet is gaining a new audience as viewers find new and unique shows for all types of interests.

FetchTV first look

CHOICE takes a look at an internet-based alternative to pay TV.

26 Oct 2011 | FetchTV provides another alternative to cable, with your Internet provider delivering a host of channels and rental movies to your television.

Fiat

Fiat Scudo vehicles recall

Damage to the power steering electric pump wiring may cause the failed operation of the power steering.

23 Sep 2011 | Damage to the power steering electric pump wiring may cause the failed operation of the power steering.

Fiat-Scudo

Fiat Scudo vehicles recall

Damage to the power steering electric pump wiring may cause the failed operation of the power steering.

23 Sep 2011 | Damage to the power steering electric pump wiring may cause the failed operation of the power steering.

Fibre

NBN and the fight for fibre

What next for the national broadband network?

14 Nov 2014 | The NBN rollout continues with work on the fibre to the node network expected to start in 2015. At the same time, internet service provider TPG is building its own fibre network in apartments and offices in major cities. Does this mean that the coalition's scaled down plan has missed the mark?

Chia seeds: superfood or fad?

We check whether chia deserves its superfood status.

24 Jul 2014 | Once the domain of health food stores, chia has gone mainstream. We check out this seed’s superfood credentials.

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Your internet provider scorecard revealed

6 Dec 2013 | How does your ISP stack up against the others? Almost 4000 CHOICE members rated their provider to give us a snapshot of the state of Australia's internet today.

Supermarket and bakery bread review

Modern bread processing methods have completely changed the way our daily loaf is made.

4 Jun 2013 | Bread has changed thanks to modern processing methods and additives. We investigate what's in supermarket and bakery breads and help you choose a healthy crust.

Fast food survival guide

We look at the menus at some of Australia’s biggest fast food chains to help you choose the healthiest option available.

7 Jun 2011 | Despite many fast food outlets offering healthy options, the nutritional labelling and serving sizes of not-so-healthy choices are still not up to scratch.

Fibre

Australians are a constipated lot. But it's not just our bowels that would thank us for eating more fibre.

14 Feb 2005 | One thing is certain –– millions of doses of laxatives we swallow each year wouldn't be needed by most people if we ate more fibre.

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Fillers and Botox

The face of anti-wrinkle treatment is changing with injectables, Botox and fillers growing rapidly in popularity.

24 Mar 2014 | Thinking about anti-wrinkle treatments but lost in a sea of Botox, injectables, synthetic and fat fillers?

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Cinema rip offs

Are we being charged too much at the box office? CHOICE shows you how to get the most bang for your buck on your next trip to the movies.

10 Mar 2011 | With movie ticket and candy bar prices continuing to rise, can a night at the movies be affordable?

Financial advice

Consumer wins 2014

It's been a big year here at CHOICE, and it's time to celebrate some of our consumer wins!

18 Dec 2014 | We've had a bunch of successes this year, not least of which was saving FoFA. And it's time to celebrate.

Financial System Inquiry final report

What's in the Financial System Inquiry for consumers?

10 Dec 2014 | The inquiry's final report recommends some strong consumer protections, but it falls short in a few key areas.

Senate vote saves FoFA

A good day for consumers, with FoFA turnaround in the Senate.

20 Nov 2014 | In a historic day for consumer protection, senators have indicated they will strike down changes to FoFA that watered down consumer protections against bad financial advice.

Financial adviser review sites invite customer feedback and ratings

Qualifications can be checked, but not conflicts of interest.

28 Oct 2014 | As the government eases the burden on the advice industry by reshaping the Future of Financial Advice (FoFA) reforms, the announcement of three new financial adviser review websites this month is timely.

Energy retailers fail hardship test

A new survey shows energy retailers are failing low-income customers.

27 Aug 2014 | A new report by the Financial and Consumer Rights Council ranks energy retailers for financial hardship practices.

CBA financial planning businesses must meet new ASIC conditions

Former customers whose cases have been reviewed must be recontacted

13 Aug 2014 | The corporate regulator has imposed new conditions on CBA that include contacting more potential victims of rouge planners and paying for legal advice.

Financial advisers topping the list of unpaid FOS determinations

Over $10m in unpaid fines and no compensation scheme in place

8 Aug 2014 | Over $10m owed to consumers by financial service providers remains unpaid going back to 2010 despite a series of binding FOS determinations.

Wind-back of financial consumer protections to remain

The government’s watered-down financial advice reform survives a vote in the Senate.

16 Jul 2014 | The controversial changes to the Financial Advice laws, or FoFA, are to proceed after the Senate failed to block new regulations.

Superannuation fee disclosure has room for improvement

ASIC investigation finds inconsistent adherence to new disclosure rules.

14 Jul 2014 | A recent ASIC investigation into fee disclosure practices in the superannuation and managed fund industry has found plenty of cause for confusion.

The next steps to save financial advice protections

The next steps to save financial advice protections.

1 Jul 2014 | New regulations have removed consumer protections when seeking financial advice, but the Senate is still able to repeal these harsh new rules.

Senate report into ASIC and CBA spurs strong response

All banks should be investigated for conflicted financial advice, affected parties say.

30 Jun 2014 | Reaction to the Senate Economics Committee’s report on ASIC’s handling of the Commonwealth Bank financial planning scandal has come from many quarters, including victims of poor financial advice.

Government to remove financial protections

Protections for consumers seeking financial advice on the chopping block

20 Jun 2014 | The federal government has confirmed that it will proceed with axing key parts of the Future of Financial Advice protections.

Useful contacts

A list of who to contact for help with consumer problems

17 Jun 2014 | We have listed the contact details of lots of federal, state and territory agencies and support organisations who can help with your consumer problems

Help save our consumer protections!

Sign the petition now!

16 Jun 2014 | Join our campaign to save our consumer protections when seeking financial advice.

Save our consumer protections!

We need to stop the winding back of protections for consumers seeking financial advice.

16 Jun 2014 | Join our campaign to save our consumer protections for those seeking financial advice.

Harassment and coercion of consumers

Is a bad business trying to force you into buying goods or services you don't want?

10 Jun 2014 | Businesses can't force you into buying goods or services that you don't want.

Pension squeeze makes financia advice protections crucial

CHOICE tells Senate Committee that FoFA windback will cost consumers.

22 May 2014 | Australians will need more help to save for retirement making strong consumer protections for financial advice vital.

Super growth

Financial planners have become very unpopular with Australians.

2 Apr 2014 | While superannuation has been growing, Australians' trust in financial advisers hasn't been keeping pace.

Mortgage tips

We tell you how to secure the best mortgage deal.

25 Jun 2013 | We give you tips and advice for what you need to know before taking out a new mortgage or switching mortgages, and explain how your mortgage is funded.

ASIC's new regulations

New ASIC regulations that make it simpler to switch between banks and limit the length of PDSs may mean more favourable outcomes for consumers.

29 Apr 2013 | The government regulator has been making moves that could not only straighten out the finance sector but also make life easier for consumers.

How can ombudsman services help you?

Ombudsman services can't do everything, but they're getting better at what they can do.

28 Nov 2012 | Consumers have a lot to gain from understanding how ombudsman services operate and how the complaint process works.

The banks have been ranked

Big banks are graded on their response to customers in financial hardship.

5 Nov 2012 | The Financial and Consumer Rights Council has ranked the big banks on their performance in helping customers in financial hardship.

Do you need a wrap fund?

Wraps funds can be a good way to simplify your financial life, including tax preparation.

12 Oct 2012 | Choose a wrap fund that will comply with FoFA requirements, or charges fees for specific services that are clearly outlined in the agreement between you and your adviser.

End to 'Financial Counselling' confusion

The terms ‘financial counsellor’ and ‘financial counselling’ have been restricted to not-for-profit organisations.

17 Sep 2012 | New reforms means that dodgy for-profit enterprises can no longer claim to be ‘financial counsellors’ or to provide ‘financial counselling’.

1 July 2012 - changes that affect you

The new financial year sees the introduction of a number of reforms aimed at helping consumers.

27 Jun 2012 | We outline some key consumer reforms that will come into place on 1 July 2012.

FoFA passes parliament

Passage of the Future of Financial Advice reforms in the Senate signals a sea change in the advice industry.

20 Jun 2012 | Consumers can celebrate a partial but important victory with the passage of Future of Financial Advice reforms in the Senate.

Consumers to get better financial advice

CHOICE supports FOFA reforms

15 Dec 2011 | CHOICE has endorsed the Joint Consumer Submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee inquiry into the proposed Future of Financial Advice (FOFA) reforms.

Simpler mortgage-speak

Small but crucial victory for prospective homeowners.

11 Nov 2011 | The fight for plain English and full disclosure on financial products is far from over but there have been some wins.

Global reach promises greater financial protection

CHOICE on board with Consumers International.

8 Nov 2011 | Consumers International has received support from the G20 for greater financial consumer protection.

G20 financial consumer protection proposals forget lessons of GFC

World needs new international organisation to protect consumers

17 Oct 2011 | CHOICE says there needs to be protection for consumers using financial services and products.

Financial-advisor-reforms

The proposed new “best interest duty” for financial advisers is long overdue.

26 Sep 2011 | CHOICE has been calling for an overhaul of the financial services industry for more than 20 years. The federal government's Future of Financial Advice(FOFA) reforms will hopefully resolve some of the issues.

CHOICE joint submission on Future of Financial Advice legislation

Consumers will benefit if joint submission is accepted

16 Sep 2011 | CHOICE has joined with several consumer organisations in a submission to the first tranche of draft legislation for the Federal Government’s Future of Financial Advice (FoFA) reforms.

Financial advice minefield

CHOICE has campaigned for reform for over two decades.

28 Apr 2011 | The government says the changes will require financial planners to prioritise the interests of their clients.

Making a financial complaint

Avoid the cost of going to court by resolving a matter yourself or using the free Financial Ombudsman Service.

17 Mar 2011 | Dealing directly with banks and other financial services providers to resolve disputes is usually more effective than taking the matter to court.

Advice-bias

Latest Roy Morgan Research shows each of the big six financial planning groups is associated with a major funds management group.

26 May 2010 | If you get financial advice from any of largest six financial planning groups, there’s a good chance you'll end up with investment products offered by the adviser’s parent company.

Income-for-Life-Retirement-Products

We look at whether income-for-life retirement products are as good as they claim.

25 May 2010 | With the average life expectancy increasing, the risk of running out of your savings during retirement is very real.

Financial advice: Is it in your interest?  

We want an end to incentives that lead financial advisers to push products on their clients.

1 Jun 2009 | CHOICE is calling on the government to ban commission, asset based and other incentive remunerations for finanical advisers.

Consumer compensation scheme for finacial services

Consumers should be compensated for wrongdoings.

1 Nov 2008 | Currently consumers who suffer losses because of wrongdoing by financial advisers and service providers aren’t guaranteed of compensation.

Switch financial providers and save

Worried you're paying too much on banking, credit cards or insurance?

15 Feb 2008 | For most of us, minimising the cost of 'staple' financial services like bank accounts and insurance is important. Here's how to save.

Index funds

We compare Australian share index funds and profile a low-cost Exchange Traded Fund.

6 Mar 2006 | Index funds are the most cost-effective way to get investment returns reflecting (before fees).

Financial planning step-by-step guide

Be sure you take all the steps possible to ensure your planner is working hard for you, not just looking after their own interests.

10 Sep 2005 | Follow this six-step guide to improve your chances of getting a high standard of service and advice from a financial planner.

Financial planning

Financial System Inquiry final report

What's in the Financial System Inquiry for consumers?

10 Dec 2014 | The inquiry's final report recommends some strong consumer protections, but it falls short in a few key areas.

Senate vote saves FoFA

A good day for consumers, with FoFA turnaround in the Senate.

20 Nov 2014 | In a historic day for consumer protection, senators have indicated they will strike down changes to FoFA that watered down consumer protections against bad financial advice.

Financial adviser review sites invite customer feedback and ratings

Qualifications can be checked, but not conflicts of interest.

28 Oct 2014 | As the government eases the burden on the advice industry by reshaping the Future of Financial Advice (FoFA) reforms, the announcement of three new financial adviser review websites this month is timely.

Energy retailers fail hardship test

A new survey shows energy retailers are failing low-income customers.

27 Aug 2014 | A new report by the Financial and Consumer Rights Council ranks energy retailers for financial hardship practices.

CBA financial planning businesses must meet new ASIC conditions

Former customers whose cases have been reviewed must be recontacted

13 Aug 2014 | The corporate regulator has imposed new conditions on CBA that include contacting more potential victims of rouge planners and paying for legal advice.

Wind-back of financial consumer protections to remain

The government’s watered-down financial advice reform survives a vote in the Senate.

16 Jul 2014 | The controversial changes to the Financial Advice laws, or FoFA, are to proceed after the Senate failed to block new regulations.

Senate report into ASIC and CBA spurs strong response

All banks should be investigated for conflicted financial advice, affected parties say.

30 Jun 2014 | Reaction to the Senate Economics Committee’s report on ASIC’s handling of the Commonwealth Bank financial planning scandal has come from many quarters, including victims of poor financial advice.

Useful contacts

A list of who to contact for help with consumer problems

17 Jun 2014 | We have listed the contact details of lots of federal, state and territory agencies and support organisations who can help with your consumer problems

2014 Budget hole looks likely

Savings measures already counted by the Abbott government may not yet pass the Senate.

26 May 2014 | The Abbott government's budget will likely fall short of its projected savings due to opposition in the Senate.

Pension squeeze makes financia advice protections crucial

CHOICE tells Senate Committee that FoFA windback will cost consumers.

22 May 2014 | Australians will need more help to save for retirement making strong consumer protections for financial advice vital.

Super growth

Financial planners have become very unpopular with Australians.

2 Apr 2014 | While superannuation has been growing, Australians' trust in financial advisers hasn't been keeping pace.

Are Australian superannuation funds overexposed to the share markets?

Australian retirees and near-retirees may be vulnerable to another GFC through their super accounts.

1 Apr 2014 | A recent report by the Financial Services Council (FSC) reveals that Australian superannuation funds are more heavily invested in the share markets than a number of other countries with comparable retirement schemes.

Mortgage tips

We tell you how to secure the best mortgage deal.

25 Jun 2013 | We give you tips and advice for what you need to know before taking out a new mortgage or switching mortgages, and explain how your mortgage is funded.

ASIC's new regulations

New ASIC regulations that make it simpler to switch between banks and limit the length of PDSs may mean more favourable outcomes for consumers.

29 Apr 2013 | The government regulator has been making moves that could not only straighten out the finance sector but also make life easier for consumers.

The banks have been ranked

Big banks are graded on their response to customers in financial hardship.

5 Nov 2012 | The Financial and Consumer Rights Council has ranked the big banks on their performance in helping customers in financial hardship.

Do you need a wrap fund?

Wraps funds can be a good way to simplify your financial life, including tax preparation.

12 Oct 2012 | Choose a wrap fund that will comply with FoFA requirements, or charges fees for specific services that are clearly outlined in the agreement between you and your adviser.

Super-for-women

Women face special challenges when it comes building a strong super account.

26 Sep 2012 | Despite the advances in equitable pay, women face a number of hurdles if they want to grow their superannuation independently.

End to 'Financial Counselling' confusion

The terms ‘financial counsellor’ and ‘financial counselling’ have been restricted to not-for-profit organisations.

17 Sep 2012 | New reforms means that dodgy for-profit enterprises can no longer claim to be ‘financial counsellors’ or to provide ‘financial counselling’.

1 July 2012 - changes that affect you

The new financial year sees the introduction of a number of reforms aimed at helping consumers.

27 Jun 2012 | We outline some key consumer reforms that will come into place on 1 July 2012.

FoFA passes parliament

Passage of the Future of Financial Advice reforms in the Senate signals a sea change in the advice industry.

20 Jun 2012 | Consumers can celebrate a partial but important victory with the passage of Future of Financial Advice reforms in the Senate.

Consumers to get better financial advice

CHOICE supports FOFA reforms

15 Dec 2011 | CHOICE has endorsed the Joint Consumer Submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee inquiry into the proposed Future of Financial Advice (FOFA) reforms.

Simpler mortgage-speak

Small but crucial victory for prospective homeowners.

11 Nov 2011 | The fight for plain English and full disclosure on financial products is far from over but there have been some wins.

G20 financial consumer protection proposals forget lessons of GFC

World needs new international organisation to protect consumers

17 Oct 2011 | CHOICE says there needs to be protection for consumers using financial services and products.

Financial-advisor-reforms

The proposed new “best interest duty” for financial advisers is long overdue.

26 Sep 2011 | CHOICE has been calling for an overhaul of the financial services industry for more than 20 years. The federal government's Future of Financial Advice(FOFA) reforms will hopefully resolve some of the issues.

CHOICE welcomes Payday Lending reforms

20 Sep 2011 | The Consumer Action Law Centre, Financial Counselling Australia and the Consumer Credit Legal Centre NSW have launched a campaign to end the exploitation of vulnerable consumers by High Cost Short Term Lending, better known as Payday Lending.

CHOICE joint submission on Future of Financial Advice legislation

Consumers will benefit if joint submission is accepted

16 Sep 2011 | CHOICE has joined with several consumer organisations in a submission to the first tranche of draft legislation for the Federal Government’s Future of Financial Advice (FoFA) reforms.

Personal financial software

We look at some of the way you can use personal financial software to manage your home budget.

19 Aug 2011 | Everyone has money concerns, but can personal financial packages help track expenses and manage your budget? We look at some of the online alternatives.

Financial advice minefield

CHOICE has campaigned for reform for over two decades.

28 Apr 2011 | The government says the changes will require financial planners to prioritise the interests of their clients.

Tell your bank how you feel

Help CHOICE keep the pressure on the Government and the big four banks.

10 Feb 2011 | CHOICE is calling on consumers to write the CEO of their bank to get a better deal.

Advice-bias

Latest Roy Morgan Research shows each of the big six financial planning groups is associated with a major funds management group.

26 May 2010 | If you get financial advice from any of largest six financial planning groups, there’s a good chance you'll end up with investment products offered by the adviser’s parent company.

Income-for-Life-Retirement-Products

We look at whether income-for-life retirement products are as good as they claim.

25 May 2010 | With the average life expectancy increasing, the risk of running out of your savings during retirement is very real.

Financial advice: Is it in your interest?  

We want an end to incentives that lead financial advisers to push products on their clients.

1 Jun 2009 | CHOICE is calling on the government to ban commission, asset based and other incentive remunerations for finanical advisers.

Consumer compensation scheme for finacial services

Consumers should be compensated for wrongdoings.

1 Nov 2008 | Currently consumers who suffer losses because of wrongdoing by financial advisers and service providers aren’t guaranteed of compensation.

Wraps and master trusts

Wraps and master trusts can provide convenience and choice, but beware high fees and adviser kick-backs.

1 Mar 2008 | Wraps and master trusts dominate as one-stop-shops for accessing a wider range of investments.

Index funds

We compare Australian share index funds and profile a low-cost Exchange Traded Fund.

6 Mar 2006 | Index funds are the most cost-effective way to get investment returns reflecting (before fees).

Financial planning step-by-step guide

Be sure you take all the steps possible to ensure your planner is working hard for you, not just looking after their own interests.

10 Sep 2005 | Follow this six-step guide to improve your chances of getting a high standard of service and advice from a financial planner.

Fines

TPG fined for not giving access to Triple Zero

Customers denied 000 access after telco was unable to top up their accounts.

17 Apr 2014 | Some TPG customers didn't have access to 000 emergency numbers for six months.

Private car park fines

Have private car parks shifted their focus from collecting fees to handing out dodgy fines?

2 Oct 2012 | Some private car park operators have been slapping motorists with bogus “fines” and threatening legal action if they don’t pay up.

The not so good oil

ACCC issues infringement notices for falsely labelled extra virgin olive oil

21 May 2012 | A South Australian company has been fined after Australian Competition and Consumer Commission tests indicated that its products labelled ‘extra virgin olive oil’ were not the premium products the claim suggested.

AlerteGPS review

It finds speed cameras while you’re driving, but only sometimes.

16 Sep 2009 | The AlerteGPS G200 is designed for drivers who want a device that indicates speed camera locations only, however our tester found that you should look at our car GPS test first.

Contesting parking fines

Ever wondered how to contest unjust parking and speed camera fines?

15 Sep 2009 | CHOICE found 30% of parking fine appeals to the NSW Treasury’s Office of State Revenue were successful. So what are your options?

Fire alarms

Smoke alarm reviews   

We test 15 battery-powered smoke alarms, including photoelectric, ionisation and dual-sensor models.

2 Mar 2010 | While all of these smoke alarms meet the Australian Standard, they don't all offer the same level of protection.

Firestone

Car tyres 205-55R16 reviews  

We review tyres suitable for some of the most popular car models in Australia, such as the Toyota Corolla, Mazda 3 and Hyundai i30.

6 May 2014 | 18 brands of 205/55R16 tyres are put through CHOICE's rigorous braking, cornering and rolling resistance tests. We'll tell you which sets to buy and which to avoid.

Car tyres 175-65R15 review and compare  

We test 18 brands of 175/65R15 tyres, suitable for small cars such as the Honda Jazz, Toyota Yaris and Suzuki Swift.

29 Nov 2013 | Our new rolling resistance test evaluates “eco” claims made by some manufacturers.

Car tyre 205/60R16 reviews  

We've tested 15 brands of car tyres, including models from Bridgestone, Dunlop, Continental and Michelin.

24 May 2013 | Find out which brands score best for braking and cornering performance in wet and dry conditions.

Car tyre 215/60R16 reviews  

You can’t rely on price, tread pattern or brand name to find the best-performing tyre.

10 May 2012 | We review 18 brands of car tyres (215/60R16) priced from $105 to $229 each.

First aid

First aid kits review and compare

Many of the first aid kits we tested could leave you ill-prepared when an accident strikes.

29 Sep 2007 | Nine of the 22 kits tested provide insufficient equipment to cope with five common household emergencies.

First aid kits buying guide

What items do you need in a general purpose first aid kit?

12 Sep 2007 | With these contents in your "general purpose" first aid kit, you should be equipped for a range of emergency situations.

Fish

BBQ reviews  

We test over 25 barbecues, including models from Weber, Jumbuck, Beefeater and more.

26 Nov 2014 | CHOICE reviews portable, balcony-sized and large (4-6 burner) barbecues, including latest models from Beefeater, Weber, and Ziegler & Brown.

Omega-3 supplements

Omega-3 is linked to many health benefits, but should you choose a supplement or fresh fish?

1 Mar 2013 | From seafood sources to fish and krill oil supplements, we investigate your options for including this nutrient in your diet.

Frozen fish product reviews

We trawl the supermarket freezers to find your best frozen fish options.

21 Mar 2012 | We review over 100 frozen fish products, including uncoated, seasoned, battered and crumbed varieties to uncover your best options.

Sustainable seafood labelling

We take a look at the implications of weak labelling requirements for sustainable seafood.

20 Dec 2011 | Are the big supermarkets’ sustainable fish-sourcing strategies bona fide or merely a marketing hook?

The facts on fish

CHOICE investigates the benefits and risks of eating fish.

19 Oct 2008 | Fish is good for us, but what about toxic chemicals and over-fishing? We guide you through the debates.

Fisher-and-Paykel

Dishwasher reviews  

We take the guesswork out of buying the best dishwasher in your price range..

21 Nov 2014 | More than 50 dishwashers rated on their washing and drying performance, energy and water use, including models from Bosch, Dishlex, LG, Miele and Westinghouse.

Washing machine reviews  

We test more than 60 washing machines, including models from Bosch, Electrolux, Fisher & Paykel, LG, Miele, Samsung, Simpson and Westinghouse.

10 Nov 2014 | Find out which washers from all the major brands rate best for dirt removal, rinse performance and water and energy efficiency.

Fridge reviews  

We put refrigerators of all shapes and sizes through their paces in our laboratories.

30 Oct 2014 | Latest performance results for all major fridge brands, including Westinghouse, Fisher and Paykel, Electrolux, LG and Samsung, are in.

Freestanding oven reviews

We review seven 90cm wide freestanding electric ovens with gas cooktops, priced between $2000 and $4000.

5 Sep 2014 | A large freestanding oven is a huge investment. With so many options out there how do you make the right choice? We tested seven 90 cm wide electric ovens from brands including Smeg, Westinghouse, and Fisher & Paykel.

Clothes dryer reviews

We put nine clothes dryers to the test, to help you find the right one for your home.

14 Aug 2014 | Find out which are the best-performing clothes dryers, among models from Simpson, Fisher & Paykel, Electrolux, Whirlpool and Haier.

Ovens review  

We've put 66 electric ovens through their paces in our test kitchen including models from Miele, Westinghouse and Electrolux.

13 Mar 2014 | Find out which ovens we recommend and how they stack up when it comes to cooking performance and ease of use.

Induction cooktop reviews

Looking for faster, energy-efficient cooking for your kitchen? An induction cooktop could be just what you're after.

14 Feb 2014 | Induction cooktops can cost thousands of dollars, but our test results show you don’t always have to pay top dollar for a good one.

Gas cooktop reviews

We've tested 11 new gas cooktops, including Blanco, Bosch, Electrolux and Miele models.

14 Mar 2013 | We have test results for 39 gas cooktops ranging in price from $329 to $3389. Which are the best performers?

Ceramic cooktop reviews

Ceramic cooktops have the looks, and they perform well too.

2 Oct 2012 | Ceramic cooktops have easy-to-clean surfaces and a mid-range price tag. Which ones perform best?

CHOICE Awards 2012  

Our experts hand out bouquets to the worthy recipients.

28 Mar 2012 | The third annual CHOICE Awards is our chance to celebrate the people, products, services and brands that improve the lives of consumers every day.

Fisher-Price

High chair reviews  

We test more than 40 high chairs in the CHOICE labs, including models from Ikea, Stokke, Peg Perego and more.

11 Nov 2014 | Once babies develop their neck strength, they're ready to sit in a high chair. Our testing reveals which models are safest for your child.

Cot reviews

Safety is key when a newborn comes into the picture. We have test results for 116 cots to tell you which are the safest.

11 Aug 2014 | The mandatory Australian standard aims to benchmark all cots to a safe level, but some failures still slip through the cracks.

Portacot reviews

Portacots are handy if you're on the move, but how can you tell which are the safest for your child?

5 Feb 2014 | Portacots are also referred to as travel cots, portable cots or folding cots and are designed for temporary use with infants and babies.

Baby monitor reviews

We've tested audio-only, video monitors and Wi-Fi monitors priced from $70 to $399.

6 Jun 2013 | Find out which monitors are best for sound and picture quality, with new models from Angel Care, Belkin, Oricom and iBaby among those tested.

Christmas gift guide for the traveller

We round up some of the best buys for your globetrotting friends.

16 Dec 2011 | We pick fun and handy products that will make great Christmas presents for anyone who loves to travel.

fitbit

Fitness tracker reviews and tests

CHOICE tests nine of the most popular fitness trackers, ranging in price from $69 to $249.

29 Oct 2014 | Looking for the perfect companion to help you to keep to your fitness goals? We've put the latest fitness bands from Fitbit, Jawbone, Samsung and more through their paces.

Mothers Day tech guide

Find the right gadget to give to mum on Sunday 11 May.

5 May 2014 | Slippers and toasters have been struck off our list of 10 tech gadgets for the most important woman in your life.

Fitness watches

CHOICE member Gareth Davies and his family put five fitness watches through their paces.

19 Feb 2014 | The very athletic Davies family give us a rundown on a Garmin Forerunner, Magellan Switch, Polar and Tom Tom multi-sport fitness watches.

fit-for-purpose

Know your consumer rights

What are your rights as a consumer?

14 Jul 2014 | Australian consumers are automatically protected by guarantees which give consumers the rights they expect when they buy goods and services.

Fitness

Fitness tracker reviews and tests

CHOICE tests nine of the most popular fitness trackers, ranging in price from $69 to $249.

29 Oct 2014 | Looking for the perfect companion to help you to keep to your fitness goals? We've put the latest fitness bands from Fitbit, Jawbone, Samsung and more through their paces.

Unfair contracts

What can I do about unfair contract terms?

17 Jun 2014 | A contract is a legally enforceable agreement. If it's a standard form contract you are expected to sign or click I AGREE. But if one of the terms are unfair, you might have a right to have the term declared void.

How to get fit and lose weight with apps and gadgets

Used right, wearable gadgets and fitness apps can help you kick your fitness goals. But used wrong, they can make you feel like a failure.

5 Mar 2014 | Will a shiny new wearable fitness tracker or smartphone app help keep you on track with your health goals?

Fitness watches

CHOICE member Gareth Davies and his family put five fitness watches through their paces.

19 Feb 2014 | The very athletic Davies family give us a rundown on a Garmin Forerunner, Magellan Switch, Polar and Tom Tom multi-sport fitness watches.

New-ways-of-working-out

Gyms that cater to different ways of working out

14 Aug 2013 | Gyms are diversifying to provide 24-hour access, fast workouts and specific types of workout, like CrossFit. Which one is right for you?

Exercise experts  

We explain how you can get the right advice for your exercise needs.

23 Jul 2012 | We take a look at the main types of fitness professionals, and what to look for when choosing one.

Weight loss pills

Can slimming be as easy as popping a pill?

2 May 2011 | We look at the so-called "active ingredients" in weight loss pills to see if they live up to their claims.

CHOICE-summer-guide

Be proactive about your New Year's fitness resolution with this round-up of tips and recommended products.

20 Jan 2011 | We've put together the CHOICE summer guide to help you get the best start to 2011.

fitness-professionals

Fitness tracker reviews and tests

CHOICE tests nine of the most popular fitness trackers, ranging in price from $69 to $249.

29 Oct 2014 | Looking for the perfect companion to help you to keep to your fitness goals? We've put the latest fitness bands from Fitbit, Jawbone, Samsung and more through their paces.

Fitness watches

CHOICE member Gareth Davies and his family put five fitness watches through their paces.

19 Feb 2014 | The very athletic Davies family give us a rundown on a Garmin Forerunner, Magellan Switch, Polar and Tom Tom multi-sport fitness watches.

Exercise experts  

We explain how you can get the right advice for your exercise needs.

23 Jul 2012 | We take a look at the main types of fitness professionals, and what to look for when choosing one.

Flood

Rebuild costs double sum insured

Consumer NZ finds home owners could be under-insured if they trust insurance companies.

21 Aug 2014 | How much should you insure your home for? A Consumer NZ investigation has disturbing implications for Australian home owners.

Home insurance premiums come down as levees go up

Suncorp calls for more flood mitigation efforts by towns and councils.

30 Jul 2014 | The construction of a new levee to protect the Queensland town of Roma against floods has led Suncorp to announce a reduction in home insurance premiums by an average of 45%.

Home and contents insurance claim

Homeowners affected by Cyclone Ita have started to claim on home and contents insurance.

17 Apr 2014 | North Queensland is facing a massive recovery after Cyclone Ita. Follow our tips to lodge your home and contents insurance claim.

Home and contents insurance reviews

Keep hikes to your home and contents policy at bay with our complete guide to home and contents insurance.

17 Jan 2014 | We review 64 home and contents insurance products from 29 different brands right across Australia, including AAMI, GIO, NRMA and Suncorp.

Home and contents premium hikes

Why is the insurance industry playing fast and loose with the flood cover issue?

31 Jan 2013 | Premium hikes over the last year have often come with the addition of mandatory flood cover, but it’s not clear flood risk has anything to do with it.

New-brief-for-disaster-relief

Government recommends a fresh take on insurance claims handling.

1 Mar 2012 | In the wake of the government's inquiry, CHOICE questions whether the industry’s moves so far have meant better protection for consumers.

Insurance premiums hiked up

Home and Contents premiums hit the stratosphere.

20 Jan 2012 | Since the start of the year CHOICE members have been sharing hair-raising stories of premium hikes for home and contents insurance, mainly due to the addition of flood cover.

Insurance code changes

The insurance industry is set on making consumer-friendly changes to its code of conduct.

9 Jan 2012 | A year after the flood events that devastated Queensland, the insurance industry has vowed to make some consumer-friendly changes.

Flood insurance reforms

Government asks for input on flood definition in insurance policies.

5 Apr 2011 | Queenslanders who thought they were covered for floods are starting to find out they aren't.

Floor

Vacuum cleaner reviews  

We test vacuum cleaners at all price points, from $69 to $1599.

9 Jul 2014 | Our tests reveal which newly tested vacuums – including models from Dyson, Electrolux and Vax – are best at picking up dirt and pet hair.

Sabco RoboSweep first look

You could mistake it for a pet's toy but this little robot uses a microfibre cloth to pick up lint, dust and hair.

12 Feb 2014 | If you’d love a robot vacuum that’ll clean up for you but don’t want to fork out the big bucks then you may want to consider the Sabco RoboSweep.

Steam mop reviews  

Steam mops are an effective way to clean your home and many people are opting for these over a mop and bucket.

16 Jan 2014 | Test results for 25 steam mops, including 12 newly tested models, priced from $49 to $349.

First look: iRobot Scooba 390

Automated floor mopping sounds great, but can the iRobot Scooba 390 really take over this chore?

14 Jan 2014 | CHOICE put the iRobot Scooba to work on a gritty, grimy floor to see how it performs.

Low-cost vacuum cleaner reviews  

You can buy a good quality vacuum cleaner for less than $300. Our newest test results include the latest models.

14 Jul 2011 | Our test reveals some good, affordable choices and one model in particular that would hold its own against vacuums costing twice as much.

Steam mop fact sheet

The best steam mops are good at cleaning stubborn grime, but can cost a few hundred dollars.

16 Dec 2010 | Steam mops can be a good option if you’re looking for a chemical free way to clean your floors. But some are no better at cleaning than an ordinary mop and bucket.

Black-and-Decker-Dustbuster-Flexi-review

Put simply, this is the best-performing handheld vacuum cleaner CHOICE has ever tested.

16 Nov 2010 | The Dustbuster Flexi easily and effectively tackles spot vacuuming tasks.

Samsung-Navibot-robot-vacuum-cleaner

Vacuuming can’t yet be left entirely to the machines.

29 Oct 2010 | Easy to use and clever at navigating around rooms, the NaviBot is still no replacement for a traditional vacuum cleaner.

Sustainable Flooring

From recycled timber to bamboo, we reveal the most and least planet-friendly floors.

24 Jun 2010 | The increasing popularity of timber floors poses concerns about exactly how that timber is harvested.

Dyson Radix 6 handheld vacuum cleaner

In 2007 this was the most effective - and most expensive - handheld vac we'd ever tested

23 Nov 2009 | First Look: Dyson Radix 6 handheld vacuum cleaner In 2007 this was the most effective - and most expensive - handheld vac we'd ever tested.

Carpet spot cleaner reviews

A good carpet cleaner should get you out of trouble ... unless you live with a budding Pro Hart.

25 Sep 2007 | We put the carpet spot cleaners to the test on two different types of cream-coloured carpet: nylon cut pile and wool sisal.

Timber and tile flooring buying guide

Choosing flooring is an important part of home building or renovation.

8 Nov 2004 | When you’re building or renovating, elegant flooring that’s also practical can add substantial value to your home, in addition to looking and feeling great.

Flowers

The cost of weddings

Do higher quotes go hand in hand with couples planning to wed?

28 Aug 2014 | CHOICE investigates if couples planning a wedding get quoted higher prices than other consumers, for exactly the same thing.

The cut flower industry

A beautiful bouquet of flowers may have an ugly back story.

9 May 2012 | We outline some concerns around imported cut flowers that might make you re-think that beautiful bouquet.

Flu

Antibiotics won't help colds and flu

Government reminds Aussies that misuse of antibiotics may add to superbug problem.

26 Jun 2014 | Two-thirds of Australian workers mistakenly believe antibiotics work for colds and flu, a misconception that could contribute to the spread of antibiotic resistance in Australia.

Cough cold and flu treatments

We look at which over-the-counter and natural remedies help combat colds and flu.

28 Jun 2013 | Learn how to prevent and effectively treat your common cold and flu symptoms.

Flued gas log fires

The cheapest of the five units tested cost more than $4000 installed, so it pays to buy wisely.

21 Apr 2010 | Flued-gas heating, where fumes are released or pushed outside, offers an efficient and effective option for a big area.

Beware online swine flu cure scams

The US Food and Drug Administration is cracking down on swine flu snake oil.

24 Jun 2009 | As the world experiences its first global pandemic flu in four decades, sensational claims about products are being circulated on US websites, including an ultraviolet light that can destroy swine flu, an air purifier able to sterilise a room and a product “clinically shown” to kill the virus in the nose.

Flu shots

With winter approaching it’s time to get your annual flu shot.

4 May 2007 | The influenza virus is constantly changing so you need to get a flu shot every year to be protected against the most common strains.

Throat lozengers

Relief or rip-off?

3 May 2007 | Most throat lozenges are unlikely to help relieve the pain and discomfort of a sore throat any more than sucking on a hard lolly or drinking hot water with honey and lemon.

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Dental decay

It’s not just sugary foods and drinks that are bad for your teeth, other nasties contribute to dental decay.

21 Jun 2010 | CHOICE tested 85 foods and drinks readily available in supermarkets and found that many promoted as healthy snacks are some of the worst offenders.

Dental care

Something's rotten in the state of Australia's health - our teeth.

12 Jun 2007 | Many people are avoiding preventative care and early treatment because they can’t afford dental care, resulting in more serious oral and general health problems — with more extreme treatment and higher costs later on.

Fluoride

Is fluoride good for your teeth, or a slow poison? We look at the most recent evidence.

23 Feb 2007 | There’s now solid scientific evidence that fluoride added to drinking water helps to protect your teeth from decay.

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Lawn trimmer reviews

Line trimmer, whipper-snipper, weed-eater, lawn trimmer - whatever the name, which is best for your backyard?

29 Oct 2014 | We test 55 petrol, electric, and cordless line trimmers (AKA whipper-snippers, weed-eaters or lawn trimmers), ranging from $49 to $549.

Hedge trimmer reviews

We check out cordless battery-powered and electric hedge trimmers priced from $59 to $299.

27 Aug 2012 | Electric and battery-powered hedge trimmers are handy for keeping wayward hedges at bay - but which type should you go for?

Food

Avoid food poisoning this Christmas

Top tips for ensuring your seafood, ham, turkey and all the trimmings are safe to eat.

18 Dec 2014 | Ready for Christmas turkey with all the trimmings? Follow these food safety tips to prevent food poisoning from spoiling your festive season.

BBQ reviews  

We test over 25 barbecues, including models from Weber, Jumbuck, Beefeater and more.

26 Nov 2014 | CHOICE reviews portable, balcony-sized and large (4-6 burner) barbecues, including latest models from Beefeater, Weber, and Ziegler & Brown.

Juicer reviews

We squeeze out the truth on yield, ease of use, and nutrient extraction of fast and slow (cold press) juicers.

20 Nov 2014 | We test 15 juicers in the CHOICE labs, including models from Breville, Sunbeam, Philips and more. How do they compare with the NutriBullet for extracting nutrients?

Food brands with health star ratings

We take a look at the food stars that have hit the red carpet.

12 Nov 2014 | We name and give fame to the brands that have started applying health star ratings to their food labels.

Misleading product names and images on food labels

Which food products don't quite live up to their on-pack names, descriptions, images and claims?

7 Nov 2014 | By law, foods must be labelled with an accurate name or description. But don't always assume that what you see on the label is what you'll find inside the pack.

Microwave reviews

How do models with grills compare to conventional microwaves?

3 Oct 2014 | We review more than 20 microwaves, including five with grills, priced from $120 to $700, to find out which models perform the best and are the easiest to use.

Coles ban on fresh bread advertising

Federal Court finds supermarket "fresh bread" claims are half-baked.

29 Sep 2014 | Court bans Coles from making dodgy credence claims.

George Institute launches food rating website

A new website from George Institute shows health star ratings for thousands of packaged food products sold in Australian supermarkets.

18 Sep 2014 | The George Institute has launched FoodSwitch STARS, a website showing the health star rating for 55,000 packaged supermarket food products, allowing people to check and compare which foods are healthier.

Rice cooker reviews

We put the heat on 24 rice cookers priced between $13 and $214, including models from Breville, Panasonic, Tiger, Tiffany and Homemaker.

11 Aug 2014 | Want to cook perfect rice? A rice cooker might be the answer, especially if you eat lots of rice or feed lots of people.

Coco Pops, Tiny Teddies and Smarties classified as healthy by manufacturers

Many foods deemed unhealthy by FSANZ are still being marketed to kids, according to new research.

8 Aug 2014 | Many unhealthy foods are being classified as healthy by manufacturers under the industry's self-regulatory advertising code, allowing the products to be marketed to kids.

McDonald’s spruiks free fries vouchers at children’s playground

Free fries vouchers breach the fast food industry’s initiative for responsible advertising and marketing to children, says Advertising Standards Bureau.

5 Aug 2014 | McDonald’s broke the rules by handing out free fries vouchers to kids at a children's playground, the Advertising Standards Bureau has found.

Sandwich press and jaffle maker reviews

We've tested 24 sandwich presses and jaffle makers in the CHOICE labs including models from Breville, Cuisinart, Sunbeam and more.

21 Jul 2014 | Turn your favourite sandwiches into mouth-watering snacks with a sandwich maker.

Toxic reforms to become law

The federal government has axed reforms to agricultural pesticides that were due to take effect in July.

14 Jul 2014 | A scheme that would have introduced systematic review of agricultural pesticides has been removed, risking consumers' confidence in our food supply.

Pressure cooker reviews

Is a stovetop pressure cooker right for you? We compare the Tefal, Silit, Fissler and Hawkins models priced between $135 and $616 to help you decide.

10 Jul 2014 | Pressure cooking is often used to braise, stew and simmer. We test and compare the Tefal, Silit, Fissler and Hawkins stovetop models.

Everyday foods making toddlers eat too much salt

More than half of toddlers are eating salt beyond the recommended daily upper limit.

10 Jul 2014 | Toddlers are being put at risk of high blood pressure, stroke and coronary heart disease later in life due to excessive salt intakes from everyday foods.

Fermented foods

Claims for astounding health benefits abound, but which ones stand up to closer scrutiny?

9 Jul 2014 | From yoghurt and sauerkraut to kefir and kombucha, CHOICE reviews different types of fermented foods to find whether they live up to claimed health benefits.

Are toddler milks just marketing spin?

Toddler and growing-up milks are big business.

7 Jul 2014 | Toddler and junior formulas are unnecessary for healthy kids, say the experts. Are these products just a sneaky way to advertise infant formulas?

Palm oil labelling

How can we make informed, more sustainable choices if palm oil labelling isn't mandatory?

3 Jul 2014 | Palm oil is not always sourced in sustainable ways and is high in saturated fats - so why do manufacturers use it and why doesn't it have to be labelled?

Bowel cancer screening rates fall

Test could saves lives, but participation rates have dropped.

26 Jun 2014 | Bowel cancer kills Australians, yet an increasing number of people are failing to complete a simple, potentially life-saving screening test, according to a new report.

GM corn study causes controversy again

Scientists angered by republication of study with serious flaws.

25 Jun 2014 | Scientists have criticised the republication of controversial study linking GM corn with cancer. The study was originally retracted due to methodological failings which remain unaddressed.

Chobani in court again over yoghurt claims

A new class action over deceptive labelling has been launched against yoghurt manufacturer Chobani.

24 Jun 2014 | American yoghurt manufacturer Chobani has been taken to court in the US again for allegedly deceiving consumers with its labelling.

Healthy kids lunch box snacks

Processed snacks are a common addition to children's lunch boxes, but how do they rate nutritionally?

24 Jun 2014 | CHOICE reviews more than 260 processed snacks to find the nutritional disasters, reveal the healthier treats and help you pack the perfect lunch box.

Organic baby food reviews

Not all organic baby food is created equal.

19 Jun 2014 | Our review of 136 baby food varieties for under ones found there’s more to (or sometimes less of) these products than meets the eye.

ANZAC biscuits review

Which ANZAC biscuits are the tastiest? Our experts as well as some hungry staff members find out.

24 Apr 2014 | Choice tests five brands of ANZAC biscuits, including Unibic, Coles and Woolworths, with an expert review and a lay panel taste test.

Hand mixer reviews

We test 26 hand mixers in the CHOICE labs, including models from Breville, KitchenAid, Sunbeam and more.

17 Apr 2014 | Fiona Mair, home economist from CHOICE's test kitchen has tested 26 hand mixers priced from $15 to $199.

Stick blender reviews

We test 38 stick blenders in the CHOICE labs, including models from Bamix, Breville, Braun, Kenwood and Sunbeam.

10 Apr 2014 | Our home economist reviews 38 stick blenders, and finds safety is just as important as performance.

Plan to pull pesticide reforms

Dozens of pesticides approved for use in agriculture have never been properly assessed in Australia.

10 Apr 2014 | The federal government wants to remove reforms that would require assessment of agricultural chemicals and pesticides.

Eating out mark-ups

Why are you charged so much when you buy your wine in a restaurant or coffee from a cafe?

26 Mar 2014 | When you choose a bottle of wine in a restaurant you could be paying up to 250% more than if you BYO. How do restaurants justify this price hike?

Lunchbox stars revealed

CHOICE calculates the Health Star Ratings of popular kids’ foods.

14 Mar 2014 | Health star ratings of typical items found in kids’ lunchboxes show significant variation.

How to get fit and lose weight with apps and gadgets

Used right, wearable gadgets and fitness apps can help you kick your fitness goals. But used wrong, they can make you feel like a failure.

5 Mar 2014 | Will a shiny new wearable fitness tracker or smartphone app help keep you on track with your health goals?

Source of confusion

Consumers don't fare well when it comes to deciphering food origin labels.

19 Feb 2014 | A CHOICE survey shows shoppers' understanding of country-of-origin claims is poor.

Esky or cooler reviews

Eskies, coolers or chilly bins - these picnic favourites are known by many names around Australia. We test nine of them.

6 Dec 2013 | Eskies, ice boxes, coolers or chilly bins - these camping favourites are known by many names around Australia. We put nine on test, finding how long it takes for the packed ice to melt.

Supermarket and bakery bread review

Modern bread processing methods have completely changed the way our daily loaf is made.

4 Jun 2013 | Bread has changed thanks to modern processing methods and additives. We investigate what's in supermarket and bakery breads and help you choose a healthy crust.

Country-of-origin labelling win for consumers

CHOICE backs ground-breaking country-of-origin labelling bill.

16 May 2013 | CHOICE has welcomed a new bill introduced by Greens leader Christine Milne which could end the confusion around country-of-origin food labelling claims.

Everyday superfoods

Which nine foods available from the supermarket could help you live a longer and better quality of life?

30 Apr 2013 | Filling up your trolley with everyday grocery items such as olive oil, wholegrains and yoghurt could help you reduce your risk of certain diseases.

The not-so-super foods

From chia seeds to acai berries, we look beyond the hype to find out if the health benefits of some so-called "superfoods" live up to their claims.

23 Apr 2013 | Some foods claim to do everything from prevent cancer to help you lose weight, but do they deserve to be touted as super?

Consumer sharing

Swap, share and rent your way to a better future.

23 Apr 2013 | Consumer sharing is growing in popularity to meet today’s buyer demands. It’s energy efficient, environmentally friendly and cost effective, and it’s now easier than ever.

Microwave oven reviews

We've tested nine convection benchtop ovens priced under $600, including Panasonic, Electrolux and Sharp models.

16 Jan 2013 | These convection (combination) microwave ovens are capable of convection cooking, microwaving, grilling or combinations of all three.

Christmas pudding reviews

When it comes to Christmas puds, it pays not to be a scrooge.

3 Dec 2012 | We've blind taste tested 14 Christmas puddings to find out which ones are worthy of being the grand finale to your celebratory feast.

The rise of nutritional branding

Pure, natural and healthy or laden with salt, sugar and saturated fat?

20 Nov 2012 | We look at 200 products with implied health or quality claims and discover there is a fine line between healthy and hoodwinked.

Coles adopts olive oil standard

Private label oils to meet Australian Standard by year’s end.

1 Nov 2012 | Coles has announced its private label olive oils will comply with the Australian Standard by the end of 2012.

Food-industry-launches-four-year-old-health-commitment

Food giants claim reformulation targets and decreasing product sizes will benefit consumers.

12 Oct 2012 | A group of big food companies has launched an initiative they claim will improve the health of Australians by reducing saturated fat, salt and energy (kilojoules) in processed foods.

Ceramic cooktop reviews

Ceramic cooktops have the looks, and they perform well too.

2 Oct 2012 | Ceramic cooktops have easy-to-clean surfaces and a mid-range price tag. Which ones perform best?

National-Food-Plan-must-put-consumers-front-and-centre

Access to safe, affordable and nutritious food should be National Food Plan priority.

19 Jul 2012 | The National Food Plan Green Paper has been launched by the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig.

The not so good oil

ACCC issues infringement notices for falsely labelled extra virgin olive oil

21 May 2012 | A South Australian company has been fined after Australian Competition and Consumer Commission tests indicated that its products labelled ‘extra virgin olive oil’ were not the premium products the claim suggested.

Cake mix reviews

Cake mixes are convenient, but making a cake from scratch can be just as easy.

9 May 2012 | We taste-tested 19 chocolate and eight vanilla cake mixes, including varieties from White Wings, Betty Crocker and Coles.

Country of origin win for meat eaters

Food regulator to close country of origin labeling loophole for unpackaged meat.

4 May 2012 | Food Standards Australia New Zealand has announced that it will require declaration of the country of origin of unpackaged beef, sheep and chicken meat.

Mad Cow in California

A disease has been detected in a US dairy cow.

3 May 2012 | US authorities have detected BSE - mad cow disease - in a dairy cow in California. CHOICE says local cattle feeding regulations must be maintained in order to prevent a similar occurance in Australia.

Dishing up cancer

Is your diet carcinogenic?

26 Apr 2012 | Information about foods and drinks that could cause cancer is continually updated. We bring you the latest.

Egg Corporation scrambles to set new free range standard

Free range egg standards are back in the spotlight.

24 Apr 2012 | Free range egg standards are back in the spotlight with the Australian Egg Corporation announcing it would increase maximum hen stocking densities to to 20,000 birds per hectare by the end of April.

Food claims 97 per cent fat free 100 per cent confusion

Proposed crackdown on ‘fat free’ claims must extend to all fat content claims.

3 Apr 2012 | CHOICE wants proposed rules that would restrict ‘fat free’ and ‘% fat free’ claims on food packaging to be extended to cover all claims about fat content.

Front-of-pack food labelling talks begin

Governments and stakeholders turn attention to front-of-pack labelling design.

3 Apr 2012 | CHOICE has met with key industry groups, and government officials to discuss the development of a single front-of-pack food labelling system.

Sunbeam FoodSaver first look

Keep your food fresh and vacuum-packed at home.

28 Mar 2012 | Sunbeam has a range of food-sealing devices. We tested their cheapest to see if it lives up to its claims.

Confusion with Calories and kilojoules

NSW fast food energy education campaign addresses poor understanding of kilojoules.

21 Mar 2012 | The NSW Government has launched a campaign to help consumers make the most of mandatory kilojoule labelling on fast food menu boards.

First chickens, now eggs

ACCC takes action against South Australian ‘free range’ egg supplier

12 Mar 2012 | The ACCC is taking action against South Australian ‘free range’ egg supplier.

Salad dressing reviews

If you have the basics, making your own salad dressing can be quick and easy.

1 Feb 2012 | CHOICE reviews prepared French, Italian and Caesar salad dressings for nutrition and taste.

Better country-of-origin food labelling

Time to reform country-of-origin labelling

24 Jan 2012 | CHOICE wants Australian governments to improve country-of-origin labelling on food for retail sale.

Backa Australia Chabi recall

Food products contaminated with Staphylococcus may cause illness if consumed.

23 Jan 2012 | Backa Australia is recalling Chabi due to a microbial (Staphylococcus) contamination.

Healthy eating - theres an app for that

Scan your way to healthier food choices.

19 Jan 2012 | Consumers can now use their iPhones to scan food barcodes and instantly see traffic light information thanks to an app developed by The George Institute and BUPA.

Flowerdale Farm and Gippsland Sprout mung beans recall

Food products contaminated with E.coli may cause illness if consumed.

18 Jan 2012 | Gippsland Sprout Co is recalling Flowerdale Farm mung beans and Gippsland Sprout mung beans due to a microbial contamination.

New chemicals legislation needs improvement

CHOICE says the draft legislation for new chemicals reforms needs improvement

5 Jan 2012 | The draft legislation for the Australian Government’s reforms to agricultural and veterinary chemicals needs to be improved.

Coles Chicken and Vegetable Pies recall

The product may contain bone fragments.

4 Jan 2012 | Coles Supermarkets Pty Ltd is recalling Coles Chicken and Vegetable Pies as the product may contain bone fragments.

Natural Sprouts and SA Sprouts recall

E.Coli contamination may result in food poisoning.

3 Jan 2012 | SA Sprouts is recalling "Natural Sprouts" and "SA Sprouts" due to microbial contamination (E.Coli).

New restrictions on the use of a toxic pesticide

The use of dimethoate has been suspended due to potential health risks.

19 Dec 2011 | There is good news for consumers with the suspension of the use of the pesticide dimethoate due to potential health risks.

Ministers announce future of food labelling

The results are a mixed bag.

13 Dec 2011 | Ministers have handed down their decisions on the future of food labelling, and the menu contains mixed results for consumers.

Food labelling petition

Over 3700 consumers joined the call for traffic light labels.

9 Dec 2011 | More than 3700 signatures and CHOICE’s open letter were sent to food and health ministers from around Australia.

Food labelling petition

Over 3700 consumers joined the call for traffic light labels.

9 Dec 2011 | More than 3700 signatures and CHOICE’s open letter were sent to food and health ministers from around Australia.

Gift ideas for the kitchen

These gift ideas will please any budding amateur chef.

29 Nov 2011 | CHOICE picks the kitchen gadgets that will make great Christmas presents for anyone who loves to cook.

Daily intake percentage labels discredited  

A new report finds the front-of-pack labelling system is too confusing for consumers to understand.

28 Nov 2011 | Research has confirmed CHOICE's long-held belief that Percentage Daily Intake labels are confusing and based on inconsistent serving sizes.

Good Luck Dried Seaweed Strips recall

The recall of the product is due to high levels of naturally occurring iodine.

16 Nov 2011 | Regular consumption of these products may cause health problems in some people including pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Bundaberg Burgundee Creaming Soda recall

An increased pH level in the beverage may cause fermentation and a risk of the product shattering.

20 Oct 2011 | Bundaberg Brewed Drinks Pty Ltd is recalling Burgundee Creaming Soda because of an increased risk of the product shattering.

Chocolate Macadamia Nuts recall

Food products have been contaminated with salmonella and may cause illness if consumed.

14 Oct 2011 | Paton's Macadamia Plantations Pty Ltd is recalling varieties of its chocolate macadamia nuts due to the presence of salmonella bacteria.

Low-fat dessert reviews

Read nutrition labels carefully - a 'low-fat' claim doesn't mean it's healthy.

6 Oct 2011 | CHOICE reviews a range of desserts marketed with low-fat labelling from the fridge and freezer section of supermarkets.

Food industry claims add to confusion

23 Sep 2011 | The food industry’s response to CHOICE’s Shame the Claim campaign has missed the point and simply added to consumers’ confusion.

Heart Foundation drops takeaway Tick

The National Heart Foundation is ending its Tick licensing program in the takeaway food industry.

22 Sep 2011 | The National Heart Foundation has announced it is scrapping its Tick licensing program in the takeaway food industry, citing its desire to broaden its work across the takeaway and catering sector.

Mainland-Extra-Tasty-Cheddar-Cheese-recall

Metal fragments have been found on Mainland's 200g and 400g packs of Extra Tasty Cheddar Cheese.

21 Sep 2011 | Food products containing metal fragments may cause injury if consumed.

Woolworths-Macro-Whole-Foods-Gluten-Free-Choc-Brownie-Mix-recall

The brownie mixes contain an undeclared allergen, milk.

14 Sep 2011 | Any consumers who have a milk allergy or intolerance may have a reaction if the product is consumed.

Muesli reviews

We reviewed 159 mueslis to find the best ones for you, whatever your preferences.

17 Aug 2011 | CHOICE reviews 159 mueslis from supermarkets and health food stores to find those that meet our criteria for lowest fat, lowest sugar, highest fibre and more.

Another step towards restaurant hygiene ratings

CHOICE welcomes NSW food hygiene rating trial as important step for consumers

10 Aug 2011 | CHOICE welcomes the New South Wales Food Authority’s announcement of a year-long, voluntary ‘Scores on Doors’ restaurant hygiene rating trial.

Food waste

Aussie households bin close to three million tonnes of food each year.

28 Jun 2011 | CHOICE explains how you can do your bit to reduce household food waste, save money and help the environment in the process.

Food for kids

An overwhelming proportion of kids foods are far from healthy.

22 Jun 2011 | CHOICE compares the nutritional panels of various products to help consumers make more informed choices about foods for their children.

Milk submission

CHOICE has joined with the Australian Food and Grocery Council to propose options for a Supermarket Ombudsman

20 Apr 2011 | CHOICE and the Australian Food and Grocery Council are calling for the establishment of a Supermarket Ombudsman

Household waste management guide

A staggering 24 million tonnes of waste material goes into Australian landfill each year. You can help reduce that figure.

14 Apr 2011 | Reducing household waste can be as easy as altering household disposal systems. CHOICE shows you some ways to make your home greener.

cholesterol-lowering cheese

Believe it or not, Kraft introduces cheese products that can actually help lower cholesterol levels.

5 Apr 2011 | One of the main things people with high cholesterol cut down on is cheese. These new Kraft products could be a welcome addition to some fridges.

Join our call for a national restaurant hygiene scheme

CHOICE is pushing for a national scores on doors program

30 Mar 2011 | CHOICE would like to see a national 'scores on doors' restaurant hygiene scheme.

Lasagna

How to make lasagna step by step

8 Feb 2011 | A delicious recipe for the whole family.

Lasagna

How to make lasagna step by step

8 Feb 2011 | A delicious recipe for the whole family.

Ice-cream reviews

Creamy, premium or low-fat: which vanilla ice-cream suits your taste?

31 Jan 2011 | CHOICE puts our members and staff to the test to find out which vanilla ice-creams taste the best.

How to cook soft bacon

The perfect addition to any big breakfast or a BLT on the run.

21 Jan 2011 | Cook's CHOICE reveals how easy it is to prepare soft bacon every time.

EU a step closer to mandatory country of origin labelling

9 Dec 2010 | EU Ministers voted in favour of plans to extend compulsory country of origin labelling.

Blood orange pistachio cake

Indulge in this deliciously sweet cake

4 Nov 2010 | Bake up a treat using blood oranges and pistachios

Battle of the brands

How do the supermarket brands compare with the market leaders for taste, nutrition and value for money?

7 Sep 2010 | CHOICE purchased a total of 163 supemarket products, across 30 different popular food items, and put them to the test.

Pizza ovens quick review

Pizza is a popular dish but will this pizza making appliance just make its way to the back of your cupboard?

3 Sep 2010 | We review 3 pizza ovens priced from $130 to $159.

Cooking oils review

With such a range of cooking oils on supermarket shelves, which are better for what purpose?

9 Aug 2010 | Not all oils are equal. We tell you the right ones to use for the cooking purpose in mind.

Food processor buying guide

Does paying more get you a better food processor?

2 Jul 2010 | A food processor can slice, shred, chop and blend foods; some can also mix cakes and knead dough.

How to cook pasta

How to cook any variety of pasta

30 Jun 2010 | CHOICE teaches you the basic steps to cooking pasta

Guacamole

CHOICE recipe for Guacamole

25 Jun 2010 | A classic recipe, reloaded with fantastic flavour, try it out.


Broad bean pasta

Tasty broad bean pasta

25 Jun 2010 | Using broad beans to make a great pasta dish.

Roasted beetroot spinach and mint salad

CHOICE recipe for a sweet and salty salad

25 Jun 2010 | Ingredients that may not often go together makes a great salad


How to roast beetroot

A simple way with beetroot

25 Jun 2010 | A complex root vegetable is simplified via this recipe


Potato bake recipe

CHOICE easy potato bake

24 Jun 2010 | Six ingredients - definitely simple and very tasty - creamy potato bake.


Pavlova

A tasty dessert topped with a mixture of fresh fruits

24 Jun 2010 | Our national dessert, with coming back for more results .


Salsa

CHOICE recipe for salsa

24 Jun 2010 | A tasty fresh side for guacamole and other dishes


Cauliflower au gratin

CHOICE recipe for cauliflower au gratin

24 Jun 2010 | Quick and easy way to make cauliflower very tasty.


Curry vegetable and chicken soup

CHOICE recipe for indian vegetable and chicken soup

24 Jun 2010 | A delightful combination of chicken and spices create a hearty soup


Mushroom pasta with sage

Mushroom with a hint of sage make this great pasta dish

24 Jun 2010 | A tasty mushroom pasta with a hint of sage.


Prawns in champagne

CHOICE recipe for prawns in champagne

24 Jun 2010 | This unusual and rather hedonistic combination works with a great result


Radish and feta salad

CHOICE recipe for radish with danish feta dip

24 Jun 2010 | Sliced radish used to eat this feta dip adds a fresh taste.


Chicken corn and brussel sprout soup

CHOICE recipe for chicken, corn and brussel sprout soup

24 Jun 2010 | An oft-maligned vegetable makes the core of this delicious soup


Parsnip mash

Add a little parsnip for a great alternative to traditional mashed potatoes

24 Jun 2010 | Instead of potato, why not parsnip? Just as tasty with a hint of sage.


Mushroom risotto

Pine mushroom risotto

24 Jun 2010 | Delicious recipe for pine mushroom risotto and white wine.


Passionfruit butter

CHOICE recipe for passionfruit butter

24 Jun 2010 | A great accompaniment to scones, sponge cake or as a spread on toast.


Vanilla honey cream

A great addition to add with strawberries or scones

24 Jun 2010 | Simple to make, this can make a perfect dessert even better


Potato-and-leek-soup

CHOICE recipe for a tasty potato and leek soup

24 Jun 2010 | An easy to make, thick and tasty, potato and leek soup


French-onion-soup

CHOICE recipe for a delicious and simple french onion soup

24 Jun 2010 | A hearty version of the classic french onion soup, incorporating all the goodness you know and love


Pea-and-ham-soup

CHOICE recipe for pea and ham soup, a perfect winter dinner

24 Jun 2010 | A thick and tasty pea and ham soup


Pea-and-ham-soup

CHOICE recipe for pea and ham soup, a perfect winter dinner

24 Jun 2010 | A thick and tasty pea and ham soup


Potato-and-tomato-salad

Add a little tang to your potato salad

8 Jun 2010 | The classic potato salad with a different companion.


Potato-and-tomato-salad

Add a little tang to your potato salad

8 Jun 2010 | The classic potato salad with a different companion.


Roasted-carrots-with-thyme

A great accompaniment to any roasted meat

8 Jun 2010 | Simple and naturally sweet, this recipe is a great partner.


Scones

Berry creamy delights

8 Jun 2010 | Puns aside, these are simple and delicious.


Scones

Berry creamy delights

8 Jun 2010 | Puns aside, these are simple and delicious.


Tomato-and-buffalo-mozzarella-salad

Fast, simple and tasty salad for a hot summers day.

8 Jun 2010 | This simple salad with a fresh, cool taste is the perfect addition to a summer BBQ.

Meat pies review and compare

Very few meat pies are tasty or packed with meat, while the majority are a very unappetising prospect.

18 May 2010 | The Australian food standards authority stipulates meat pies must contain a minimum of 25% "meat flesh". But not all do.

Ready meals

From shelf to microwave, they're ready in minutes. But are these packaged meals any good?

3 Feb 2010 | Supermarket shelves are crammed with shelf-stable meals, costing between $3 and $5. We sort the best from the rest.

Health claims on foods

Good nutrition messages or just good marketing?

21 Dec 2009 | Health claims are most likely to be used on highly processed foods rather that the fresh foods we should all be eating more of.

Shrinking-sizes

Astute CHOICE shoppers have alerted us to the growing list of shrinking products on supermarket shelves.

16 Dec 2009 | Let us know your additions to the list so we can investigate further.

Traffic light labelling

CHOICE wants the implemention of a system that helps the greatest number of consumers.

15 Dec 2009 | An approach to front-of-pack labelling that helps consumers make healthier food choices.

Take action on food labels

Is a new review of food labelling laws a threat or an opportunity?

2 Dec 2009 | A new review of food labelling laws is an opportunity to improve food labels for consumers. But it could also mean watered down labelling laws to make life easier for the food industry.

Chocolate fountains quick review

These chocolate fountains are better in theory than in practice.

18 Nov 2009 | Given the mess it creates, a chocolate fountain isn't something you'll be bringing out for every occasion.

Food endorsements logos

Which food endorsement schemes help you to make healthy and sustainable food choices?

11 Nov 2009 | What logos influence what you buy?

Mayonnaise reviews

Food science can't replicate the creaminess of oil and eggs

20 Oct 2009 | Traditional homemade mayonnaise is a luscious blend of oil, egg yolk and vinegar or lemon juice. Supermarket mayo can be a different beast altogether, found our taste testers.

Simmer sauces taste tested

If you’re craving an Asian-style meal, don’t expect authenticity from a jar of simmer sauce, finds the CHOICE tasting panel.

1 Aug 2009 | CHOICE tasting panel tried 26 simmer sauces – none of them impressed and few came even close to conjuring up authentic Asian flavours.

Organic meat in question

You pay the price for organic meat, but can you be sure that what you're getting is the real deal?

30 Jul 2009 | Organic meat is expensive to produce so you’ll pay more. But how can you be sure you’re getting what you pay for? CHOICE investigates.

Food allergies and intolerances

CHOICE investigates why nut allergy rates are now soaring, and what you can do if you think you have an allergy.

24 Mar 2009 | Australia has one of the highest allergy rates in the world, and the number of people affected is growing at an astonishing rate.

Nanotechnology and food

No longer in the realm of science fiction, nanofoods are on their way to a supermarket near you.

23 Feb 2009 | CHOICE wants nanofoods better regulated to ensure they are both safe and properly labelled.

Pharmacy diet plans

A growing number of pharmacies are getting into the weight-loss business, but how do these diet plans weigh up?

20 Jan 2009 | Pharmacy diet plans may help to shed extra kilos quickly, but most fail to deal effectively with the complex broader issues around weight loss.

Danoz Flavorwave Oven Turbo review

It sounds out of this world, but can it deliver scrumptious meals in a flash?

5 Jan 2009 | The DANOZ Flavorwave Oven Turbo claims to cook healthy meals, including frozen food, up to three times faster than ordinary methods, with no defrosting or preheating required.

Cooktops buying guide

Here’s the lowdown on buying a cooktop.

1 Oct 2008 | The old kitchen range — albeit in an upmarket format — is making a comeback, but having a separate oven and cooktop allows you flexibility to put each where you like, at the height that suits you best.

Online restaurant guides

Deciding where to eat on Friday night? Check out a restaurant guide website.

29 Sep 2008 | CHOICE's verdict on which ones offer the most useful information, and how to know which reviews you can trust.

Healthy eating

CHOICE’s expert dietitian puts our volunteers' diets to test. Find out how they measured up.

24 Jun 2008 | The most common problems in our volunteers’ diets were too much salt and not enough calcium, fibre and water.

Plasticisers

CHOICE tested foods in glass jars and found contaminants from the plastic used to seal the lids.

12 Jun 2008 | In our test of food in glass jars, half contained the plastic-softening chemicals epoxidised soybean oil or phthalates at levels exceeding EU limits.

Ovens buying guide  

Ovens aren't simple anymore – our buying guide takes you through the choices.

21 May 2008 | But while looks may be important, they're only one of many things to think about when buying an oven.

Daewoo Pizza Microwave Oven review

Short on space? A combination microwave pizza grill could be the answer.

16 Apr 2008 | If you don’t have room for a full-sized oven and don’t want to pay for a convection microwave, the Daewoo Pizza Oven Combo will make a crispier pizza than you’d get in a microwave.

Restaurant hygiene

Do you know if the food in your favourite restaurant is safe to eat?

11 Nov 2007 | There’s no fast and easy way of knowing if a restaurant has a kitchen that’s filthy or is infested with rats, or even if it passed its last council inspection.

Organic food

Choosing organic food is easier than ever. But is it worth the extra money?

17 Jul 2007 | Not too long ago you had to go to special shops if you wanted organic food. Now you can find plenty in supermarkets, but mostly you’ll pay a pretty high premium over the cost of standard produce. Is it really worth it?

Breadmakers review and compare

If there’s no bakery nearby, why not make your own bread?

9 Jul 2007 | Whether you use a premix or create your bread from scratch, all breadmakers can make bread of many kinds, rolls, pizza dough, focaccia, yeast-free bread, cakes… even jam.

Oven reviews - $850 to $1900  

Modern ovens do a lot more than just bake.

16 Apr 2007 | If you haven’t been in the market for a new oven for a while, you might be surprised to discover what they can do these days.

Is bigger cheaper

Unit pricing helps shoppers get value for money and make better choices.

23 Mar 2007 | Our comparison of the prices of various brands and sizes of everyday items in major supermarkets confirmed what most shoppers already know - it's hard to choose the best value.

Food in focus - walnuts

A handful to munch or in a recipe, walnuts are heart-healthy.

28 Feb 2007 | The Australian walnut crop is growing – so you will find walnuts from Tasmania, Victoria and parts of NSW and South Australia.

Childhood obesity

Obesity in children has reached epidemic proportions.

22 Sep 2006 | Children need better protection from unhealthy food marketing, and a large proportion of people we surveyed think the government should help.

Protein bars and shakes

Do you really need them?

1 Jul 2006 | It’s likely only elite athletes really benefit from protein bars and drinks. For the rest of us, they’re just an additional source of kilojoules and little more than an expensive snack.

Muesli bar reviews

Grabbing a quick muesli or muffin bar may not be the healthy fix you’re after.

9 Jan 2006 | Cereal bars, muesli bars and breakfast bars may have a healthy image but most of them are more than 20% sugar, and some deliver more saturated fat than a packet of chips.

Healthy food guide - fast food

Some "healthy" fast-food options aren't much better than a Big Mac.

3 Jan 2006 | Three "healthy" options out-Mac a Big Mac when it comes to fat and salt and seven more come close and all 10 are fattier than a KFC Original Fillet Burger.

Iron - are you getting enough?

The facts on the most common nutritional deficiency in the world and what to do about it.

1 Nov 2005 | Women of child-bearing age are most at risk of too little iron and there are different types of iron found in food and they are absorbed differently.

Sugar

How much sugar is OK to include in our diet?

13 Sep 2005 | Sugar isn’t linked to diabetes, heart disease, cancer or hyperactivity. However, it can play a role in tooth decay, and adds energy (kilojoules/calories) without any other nutrition.

Food poisoning

We've all driven the porcelain bus at some time. How can you avoid food poisoning?

1 Jun 2005 | Food poisoning is becoming more common - it's likely several million Australians get sick every year.

Fibre

Australians are a constipated lot. But it's not just our bowels that would thank us for eating more fibre.

14 Feb 2005 | One thing is certain –– millions of doses of laxatives we swallow each year wouldn't be needed by most people if we ate more fibre.

Kids' lunch snacks

You want healthy, your kids want cool for school.

1 Jan 2005 | It’s important for children to eat healthily, and variety and balance are key. Build a tasty, nutritious school lunch by including starchy food, protein food, some dairy food, fruit and veg and a drink.

Butter and margarine review

We check out over 90 spreads and dairy blends, and pick the healthier options.

1 Jan 2005 | Margarine’s now a "spread" and butter can come from the fridge soft enough to spread on your toast. But which is the healthiest?

Food styling

If you’ve ever flicked through the pages of a glossy food magazine you’ve seen what a food stylist can do.

24 Jan 2002 | The problem with food photography is that food tends to dry out, shrink, discolour and sag — food styling is about counteracting these forces.

Food miles

Coles ban on fresh bread advertising

Federal Court finds supermarket "fresh bread" claims are half-baked.

29 Sep 2014 | Court bans Coles from making dodgy credence claims.

ACCC: Maggie Beer products may mislead consumers

Maggie Beer apologises for potentially misleading consumers on origins of some foods.

20 Aug 2014 | The ACCC says the labelling of several Maggie Beer products including ice cream, red wine vinegar and olive oil, may mislead consumers into believing they're made in the Barossa Valley.

Food endorsement programs

We look beyond the catchy logos to tell you which endorsement schemes you can really trust.

2 Mar 2010 | CHOICE reviews the programs behind the top 10 health and sustainability endorsement logos you see on foods.

Organic meat in question

You pay the price for organic meat, but can you be sure that what you're getting is the real deal?

30 Jul 2009 | Organic meat is expensive to produce so you’ll pay more. But how can you be sure you’re getting what you pay for? CHOICE investigates.

Food miles

You'll be surprised at how well-travelled your food is.

28 Oct 2008 | Food miles advocates are calling for localised eating to counter the number of imported products on our supermarket shelves. But is it even possible to eat well on food grown within about 160km of where you live?

Food additives

Pesticide residues in fruit and vegetables

Does spending more on organic produce guarantee you'll avoid pesticide residues? We tested grapes from supermarkets, greengrocers and farmers' markets to find out.

25 Mar 2014 | Is it worth spending more on pesticide-free fruit and vegetables? We tested conventional and organic grapes to find out.

Supermarket and bakery bread review

Modern bread processing methods have completely changed the way our daily loaf is made.

4 Jun 2013 | Bread has changed thanks to modern processing methods and additives. We investigate what's in supermarket and bakery breads and help you choose a healthy crust.

Pet food reviews

Australians love their pets, so what should we be feeding them to ensure a long and healthy life?

16 Oct 2012 | With so many pet food options on the market, from tinned wet foods to dry kibble, and fresh pet meat, it's hard to know what's really best for your dog or cat.

Fresh food

We reveal the tricks producers and supermarkets use to keep food looking fresh.

30 Nov 2010 | Can you call apples that are nine months old truly fresh?

BPA in canned foods

We found alarming levels of BPA in a range of canned foods – including baby foods.

1 Sep 2010 | CHOICE believes our national food regulator could be more proactive in protecting the health of Australian consumers.

Plastic-food-containers  

Are chemicals from plastic food containers and wrapping as safe as the industry and regulators claim or are they slowly poisoning us?

7 Jan 2010 | There’s a growing body of scientific evidence that suggests some plastics are not as safe as we're led to believe.

Australians to be fed folate in bread

Folate-fortified bread is set to hit our shelves, while New Zealand backs off.

6 Oct 2009 | In a bid to reduce neural tube defects (NTDs) in unborn babies, from mid-September bakers will be required to use flour containing folic acid in their bread products.

Aldi bans food colourings

CHOICE welcomes the decision by supermarket chain ALDI to remove six artificial colours from its branded food items in Australia.

11 Jun 2009 | Research on the adverse affects of artificial food colours has evoked a proactive response from the supermarket chain, which is removing them from their products despite our food regulator saying there’s no need for a ban.

Food allergies and intolerances

CHOICE investigates why nut allergy rates are now soaring, and what you can do if you think you have an allergy.

24 Mar 2009 | Australia has one of the highest allergy rates in the world, and the number of people affected is growing at an astonishing rate.

Supermarket cakes

Many of them are packed with additives, including artificial colours linked to hyperactivity in children. We tell you which brands to avoid.

23 Mar 2009 | Make a cake at home and you'll probably use about six ingredients. Look at the ingredients list on a supermarket cake and you might find 40 or more.

Bottled juice supplements

Are juices that contain extra antioxidants or supplements better for you?

26 Feb 2009 | Fruit juices with exotic supplements have spread from juice bars onto the supermarket shelves. But are these juices with feel-good extras really better for you than straight juice?

Nanotechnology and food

No longer in the realm of science fiction, nanofoods are on their way to a supermarket near you.

23 Feb 2009 | CHOICE wants nanofoods better regulated to ensure they are both safe and properly labelled.

Packaged ham reviews

No one expects pre-packaged and pre-sliced ham to be a gourmet’s delight.

9 Sep 2008 | You might be surprised at just how much added water these products can contain instead of the meat you think you’re paying for.

Food additives

Which ones pose a health risk?

2 May 2008 | We look at the latest research into additives that health questions have been raised about - and give CHOICE’s verdict on which ones you’d do best to avoid.

Food to lower your cholesterol

Which ones give you the most bang for your buck?

14 Mar 2008 | Eating 2–3g per day of plant sterols in the form of enriched spread, yoghurt, milk or a combination of these products can help lower your cholesterol.

Breadmakers review and compare

If there’s no bakery nearby, why not make your own bread?

9 Jul 2007 | Whether you use a premix or create your bread from scratch, all breadmakers can make bread of many kinds, rolls, pizza dough, focaccia, yeast-free bread, cakes… even jam.

Fluoride

Is fluoride good for your teeth, or a slow poison? We look at the most recent evidence.

23 Feb 2007 | There’s now solid scientific evidence that fluoride added to drinking water helps to protect your teeth from decay.

Sugar

How much sugar is OK to include in our diet?

13 Sep 2005 | Sugar isn’t linked to diabetes, heart disease, cancer or hyperactivity. However, it can play a role in tooth decay, and adds energy (kilojoules/calories) without any other nutrition.

food-allergies

Allergy warnings on food labels

We look at the future of allergy warnings on food labels.

19 Nov 2014 | Precautionary allergen labelling can be confusing and unhelpful. We look at how allergy warnings on food labels can be improved.

Organic baby food reviews

Not all organic baby food is created equal.

19 Jun 2014 | Our review of 136 baby food varieties for under ones found there’s more to (or sometimes less of) these products than meets the eye.

Allergy rates on the rise

Experts call for more public awareness.

19 May 2014 | The rate of Australian children who suffer from food allergies and intolerances is rising, as experts call for more public awareness.

Milk alternatives review

If you can't or won't drink cow's milk, what are your options?

26 Apr 2012 | We review soy, rice, oat, coconut and almond non-dairy milk alternatives to see how they stack up nutritionally.

Choc Cherry Slice and Choc Chip Flapjack Slice recall

Any consumers who have an EGG allergy or an EGG or sulphites intolerance may have a reaction if the product is consumed.

26 Oct 2011 | Kerry Pinnacle Pty Ltd is recalling Choc Cherry Slices and Choc Chip Flapjack Slices because packaging doesn't state the products' allergens, EGG and sulphites.

Food contaminants

GM corn study causes controversy again

Scientists angered by republication of study with serious flaws.

25 Jun 2014 | Scientists have criticised the republication of controversial study linking GM corn with cancer. The study was originally retracted due to methodological failings which remain unaddressed.

Marinating BBQ meat with beer reduces cancer risk

Study finds beer might help to mop up dangerous molecules.

10 Apr 2014 | Barbecuing meat produces potentially unhealthy free radicals but a study has found that dark beer may reduce these carcinogenic molecules.

Travel health guide

Don't let an avoidable illness ruin your long-planned holiday

18 Dec 2013 | The last thing you need to worry about on a trip is illness. Here's how to keep safe and healthy while you're travelling.

Backa Australia Chabi recall

Food products contaminated with Staphylococcus may cause illness if consumed.

23 Jan 2012 | Backa Australia is recalling Chabi due to a microbial (Staphylococcus) contamination.

Flowerdale Farm and Gippsland Sprout mung beans recall

Food products contaminated with E.coli may cause illness if consumed.

18 Jan 2012 | Gippsland Sprout Co is recalling Flowerdale Farm mung beans and Gippsland Sprout mung beans due to a microbial contamination.

Natural Sprouts and SA Sprouts recall

E.Coli contamination may result in food poisoning.

3 Jan 2012 | SA Sprouts is recalling "Natural Sprouts" and "SA Sprouts" due to microbial contamination (E.Coli).

Another step towards restaurant hygiene ratings

CHOICE welcomes NSW food hygiene rating trial as important step for consumers

10 Aug 2011 | CHOICE welcomes the New South Wales Food Authority’s announcement of a year-long, voluntary ‘Scores on Doors’ restaurant hygiene rating trial.

Hazardous pesticides

Many chemicals available in Australia are no longer registered in Europe.

17 Jun 2011 | Cockroach baits, termite treatments, surface sprays and head lice treatments are some of the products containing ingredients that could seriously affect our health and that of our children.

BPA in canned foods

We found alarming levels of BPA in a range of canned foods – including baby foods.

1 Sep 2010 | CHOICE believes our national food regulator could be more proactive in protecting the health of Australian consumers.

Pesticides in imported vegetables

Imported vegetables appear no more likely to be contaminated with pesticides than Australian produce.

5 Mar 2010 | Our random test of common canned and frozen vegetables showed little cause for concern.

Dangerous-plastic-banned

Australia takes a step towards banning toys and baby products containing DEHP.

27 Jan 2010 | Australia may eventually catch up with the US and the UE and ban toys and baby products containing DEHP.

The facts on fish

CHOICE investigates the benefits and risks of eating fish.

19 Oct 2008 | Fish is good for us, but what about toxic chemicals and over-fishing? We guide you through the debates.

Packaged ham reviews

No one expects pre-packaged and pre-sliced ham to be a gourmet’s delight.

9 Sep 2008 | You might be surprised at just how much added water these products can contain instead of the meat you think you’re paying for.

Plasticisers

CHOICE tested foods in glass jars and found contaminants from the plastic used to seal the lids.

12 Jun 2008 | In our test of food in glass jars, half contained the plastic-softening chemicals epoxidised soybean oil or phthalates at levels exceeding EU limits.

Strawberries

We tell you how to choose the sweetest and tastiest — but our test found pesticide residues in most conventionally grown strawberries.

29 Jan 2008 | We love our strawberries. They look beautiful and good ones taste delicious. But are there hidden dangers?

Restaurant hygiene

Do you know if the food in your favourite restaurant is safe to eat?

11 Nov 2007 | There’s no fast and easy way of knowing if a restaurant has a kitchen that’s filthy or is infested with rats, or even if it passed its last council inspection.

Pesticides in fruit and veg

Are they harmless — or is the truth that we don’t really know?

10 Mar 2006 | There’s no convincing evidence that pesticide residues are bad for your health at the very low levels permitted in fruit, vegetables and other foods. But the research isn’t conclusive.

Food poisoning

We've all driven the porcelain bus at some time. How can you avoid food poisoning?

1 Jun 2005 | Food poisoning is becoming more common - it's likely several million Australians get sick every year.

food-intolerances

Allergy warnings on food labels

We look at the future of allergy warnings on food labels.

19 Nov 2014 | Precautionary allergen labelling can be confusing and unhelpful. We look at how allergy warnings on food labels can be improved.

Organic baby food reviews

Not all organic baby food is created equal.

19 Jun 2014 | Our review of 136 baby food varieties for under ones found there’s more to (or sometimes less of) these products than meets the eye.

Milk alternatives review

If you can't or won't drink cow's milk, what are your options?

26 Apr 2012 | We review soy, rice, oat, coconut and almond non-dairy milk alternatives to see how they stack up nutritionally.

Choc Cherry Slice and Choc Chip Flapjack Slice recall

Any consumers who have an EGG allergy or an EGG or sulphites intolerance may have a reaction if the product is consumed.

26 Oct 2011 | Kerry Pinnacle Pty Ltd is recalling Choc Cherry Slices and Choc Chip Flapjack Slices because packaging doesn't state the products' allergens, EGG and sulphites.

Food labelling

Allergy warnings on food labels

We look at the future of allergy warnings on food labels.

19 Nov 2014 | Precautionary allergen labelling can be confusing and unhelpful. We look at how allergy warnings on food labels can be improved.

Food brands with health star ratings

We take a look at the food stars that have hit the red carpet.

12 Nov 2014 | We name and give fame to the brands that have started applying health star ratings to their food labels.

Misleading product names and images on food labels

Which food products don't quite live up to their on-pack names, descriptions, images and claims?

7 Nov 2014 | By law, foods must be labelled with an accurate name or description. But don't always assume that what you see on the label is what you'll find inside the pack.

ACCC: Maggie Beer products may mislead consumers

Maggie Beer apologises for potentially misleading consumers on origins of some foods.

20 Aug 2014 | The ACCC says the labelling of several Maggie Beer products including ice cream, red wine vinegar and olive oil, may mislead consumers into believing they're made in the Barossa Valley.

Coco Pops, Tiny Teddies and Smarties classified as healthy by manufacturers

Many foods deemed unhealthy by FSANZ are still being marketed to kids, according to new research.

8 Aug 2014 | Many unhealthy foods are being classified as healthy by manufacturers under the industry's self-regulatory advertising code, allowing the products to be marketed to kids.

Are toddler milks just marketing spin?

Toddler and growing-up milks are big business.

7 Jul 2014 | Toddler and junior formulas are unnecessary for healthy kids, say the experts. Are these products just a sneaky way to advertise infant formulas?

Palm oil labelling

How can we make informed, more sustainable choices if palm oil labelling isn't mandatory?

3 Jul 2014 | Palm oil is not always sourced in sustainable ways and is high in saturated fats - so why do manufacturers use it and why doesn't it have to be labelled?

The Health Star Rating food labelling scheme gets the go-ahead

Food and health ministers approve the rollout of the Health Star Rating scheme.

27 Jun 2014 | In a win for consumers the Health Star Rating, which gives at-a-glance information on food nutrition, will launch soon.

GM corn study causes controversy again

Scientists angered by republication of study with serious flaws.

25 Jun 2014 | Scientists have criticised the republication of controversial study linking GM corn with cancer. The study was originally retracted due to methodological failings which remain unaddressed.

Chobani in court again over yoghurt claims

A new class action over deceptive labelling has been launched against yoghurt manufacturer Chobani.

24 Jun 2014 | American yoghurt manufacturer Chobani has been taken to court in the US again for allegedly deceiving consumers with its labelling.

“Victoria Honey” not Victorian or honey: ACCC

Turkish corn syrup passed off as Victorian honey.

23 Jun 2014 | Basfoods' "Victoria Honey" product revealed to be neither Victorian nor honey by the ACCC.

First Health Star Ratings hit the shelves

Local company Monster Health Food Co rolls out new food labelling scheme

16 Apr 2014 | The move by Monster is a welcome step forward for the Health Star Rating Scheme.

Pesticide residues in fruit and vegetables

Does spending more on organic produce guarantee you'll avoid pesticide residues? We tested grapes from supermarkets, greengrocers and farmers' markets to find out.

25 Mar 2014 | Is it worth spending more on pesticide-free fruit and vegetables? We tested conventional and organic grapes to find out.

Lunchbox stars revealed

CHOICE calculates the Health Star Ratings of popular kids’ foods.

14 Mar 2014 | Health star ratings of typical items found in kids’ lunchboxes show significant variation.

Is this what Krafty companies don't want you to know

Health star ratings to find poor performers from Kraft and Nabisco.

25 Feb 2014 | CHOICE has used the recently released Health Star Rating Calculator to compare a selection of supermarket favourites, finding few stars among the offerings from Kraft, Cadbury, Nabisco and Oreo.

Source of confusion

Consumers don't fare well when it comes to deciphering food origin labels.

19 Feb 2014 | A CHOICE survey shows shoppers' understanding of country-of-origin claims is poor.

Don't trade it away!

The Trans-Pacific Partnership concerns all Australians, and we deserve to know what’s in it.

11 Feb 2014 | We need to open the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations up to greater public scrutiny. The government must release the text before a final agreement is reached.

Be a star

Support front-of-pack nutrition star labelling on food - sign our petition

13 Nov 2013 | CHOICE is calling on consumers to support front-of-pack nutrition star labels for food products by signing our petition.

New star ratings for food products

Ministers agree to star ratings for food nutrition labelling

14 Jun 2013 | A new system of star ratings will help consumers make healthier decisions in the supermarket aisle.

Supermarket and bakery bread review

Modern bread processing methods have completely changed the way our daily loaf is made.

4 Jun 2013 | Bread has changed thanks to modern processing methods and additives. We investigate what's in supermarket and bakery breads and help you choose a healthy crust.

Country-of-origin labelling win for consumers

CHOICE backs ground-breaking country-of-origin labelling bill.

16 May 2013 | CHOICE has welcomed a new bill introduced by Greens leader Christine Milne which could end the confusion around country-of-origin food labelling claims.

Europe-restrains-food-health-claims

New European Union regulation lists permitted health claims, bans rest

19 Dec 2012 | Regulations have come into effect in Europe that will only allow food health claims approved by the European Food Safety Authority.

Origin labelling extended to meat

Ministers agree to close country-of-origin labelling loophole.

11 Dec 2012 | Ministers back the food regulator in extending mandatory origin labelling to meat products.

Food ministers approve health claims standard

One step forward or one step back for consumers?

10 Dec 2012 | New standards for health claims a mixed blessing for consumers.

The rise of nutritional branding

Pure, natural and healthy or laden with salt, sugar and saturated fat?

20 Nov 2012 | We look at 200 products with implied health or quality claims and discover there is a fine line between healthy and hoodwinked.

Regulator rejects free range farce

ACCC rejects Egg Corporation’s proposed free range standards.

6 Nov 2012 | The Australian Egg Corporation Limited’s proposal to increase outdoor free range stocking densities 13-fold has been rejected by the ACCC.

New CHOICE survey on food origin labelling

Consumers want to be able to support Australian farmers and manufacturing jobs.

5 Nov 2012 | A new CHOICE member survey shows country of origin labelling continues to be vital for consumers who want know where food is manufactured, as well as where it’s grown.

Coles adopts olive oil standard

Private label oils to meet Australian Standard by year’s end.

1 Nov 2012 | Coles has announced its private label olive oils will comply with the Australian Standard by the end of 2012.

Food-industry-launches-four-year-old-health-commitment

Food giants claim reformulation targets and decreasing product sizes will benefit consumers.

12 Oct 2012 | A group of big food companies has launched an initiative they claim will improve the health of Australians by reducing saturated fat, salt and energy (kilojoules) in processed foods.

Increasing portion sizes

Food portion sizes are increasing, and so are our waistlines. We investigate the connection.

12 Sep 2012 | Supersizing – and increasing portion sizes in general – is a serious issue that needs to be addressed.

Where are supermarket products sourced?

More and more of our groceries are coming from overseas.

6 Sep 2012 | Coles and Woolworths say they're committed to sourcing their private label products from Australia, but this isn't necessarily the whole story.

Calls for better country of origin labelling

A senate committee report recommends country of origin labelling reform.

20 Aug 2012 | A senate inquiry has found that Australia's country of origin labelling is in need of an overhaul.

Greens plan to reform food origin labelling

Australian Greens propose sweeping changes to country of origin labelling rules for food products.

8 Aug 2012 | The Australian Greens have proposed a major shake-up of country of origin food labelling.

Governments decide future of health claims

Food and health ministers reject proposal for independent evaluation of new claims.

23 Jul 2012 | Food and health ministers in Australia and New Zealand have rejected a proposal by FSANZ for independent evaluation of new health claims in food labelling.

National-Food-Plan-must-put-consumers-front-and-centre

Access to safe, affordable and nutritious food should be National Food Plan priority.

19 Jul 2012 | The National Food Plan Green Paper has been launched by the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig.

CHOICE calls on ACCC to reject Egg Corporation’s proposal

Over 3000 consumers sign petition asking ACCC to reject Australian Egg Corporation’s free-range definition.

5 Jul 2012 | We've lodged a submission with the ACCC, asking for the rejection of the Egg Corporation’s free-range certification.

Egg labelling website launched

New South Wales Government launches website to inform consumers about egg labelling.

22 Jun 2012 | We believe the NSW Government egg labelling website gives consumers little help due to the controversial interpretation of the existing definition of 'free-range eggs'.

The not so good oil

ACCC issues infringement notices for falsely labelled extra virgin olive oil

21 May 2012 | A South Australian company has been fined after Australian Competition and Consumer Commission tests indicated that its products labelled ‘extra virgin olive oil’ were not the premium products the claim suggested.

Country of origin win for meat eaters

Food regulator to close country of origin labeling loophole for unpackaged meat.

4 May 2012 | Food Standards Australia New Zealand has announced that it will require declaration of the country of origin of unpackaged beef, sheep and chicken meat.

Egg Corporation scrambles to set new free range standard

Free range egg standards are back in the spotlight.

24 Apr 2012 | Free range egg standards are back in the spotlight with the Australian Egg Corporation announcing it would increase maximum hen stocking densities to to 20,000 birds per hectare by the end of April.

Food claims 97 per cent fat free 100 per cent confusion

Proposed crackdown on ‘fat free’ claims must extend to all fat content claims.

3 Apr 2012 | CHOICE wants proposed rules that would restrict ‘fat free’ and ‘% fat free’ claims on food packaging to be extended to cover all claims about fat content.

Front-of-pack food labelling talks begin

Governments and stakeholders turn attention to front-of-pack labelling design.

3 Apr 2012 | CHOICE has met with key industry groups, and government officials to discuss the development of a single front-of-pack food labelling system.

First chickens, now eggs

ACCC takes action against South Australian ‘free range’ egg supplier

12 Mar 2012 | The ACCC is taking action against South Australian ‘free range’ egg supplier.

Better country-of-origin food labelling

Time to reform country-of-origin labelling

24 Jan 2012 | CHOICE wants Australian governments to improve country-of-origin labelling on food for retail sale.

Healthy eating - theres an app for that

Scan your way to healthier food choices.

19 Jan 2012 | Consumers can now use their iPhones to scan food barcodes and instantly see traffic light information thanks to an app developed by The George Institute and BUPA.

Sustainable seafood labelling

We take a look at the implications of weak labelling requirements for sustainable seafood.

20 Dec 2011 | Are the big supermarkets’ sustainable fish-sourcing strategies bona fide or merely a marketing hook?

Ministers announce future of food labelling

The results are a mixed bag.

13 Dec 2011 | Ministers have handed down their decisions on the future of food labelling, and the menu contains mixed results for consumers.

Food labelling petition

Over 3700 consumers joined the call for traffic light labels.

9 Dec 2011 | More than 3700 signatures and CHOICE’s open letter were sent to food and health ministers from around Australia.

Food labelling petition

Over 3700 consumers joined the call for traffic light labels.

9 Dec 2011 | More than 3700 signatures and CHOICE’s open letter were sent to food and health ministers from around Australia.

Daily intake percentage labels discredited  

A new report finds the front-of-pack labelling system is too confusing for consumers to understand.

28 Nov 2011 | Research has confirmed CHOICE's long-held belief that Percentage Daily Intake labels are confusing and based on inconsistent serving sizes.

Low-fat dessert reviews

Read nutrition labels carefully - a 'low-fat' claim doesn't mean it's healthy.

6 Oct 2011 | CHOICE reviews a range of desserts marketed with low-fat labelling from the fridge and freezer section of supermarkets.

Better Food Labelling  

Time is running out to fix dodgy food labels.

30 Sep 2011 | CHOICE is campaigning for industry and governments around Australia to act on the recommendations of a major, independent review of food labelling.

Heart Foundation drops takeaway Tick

The National Heart Foundation is ending its Tick licensing program in the takeaway food industry.

22 Sep 2011 | The National Heart Foundation has announced it is scrapping its Tick licensing program in the takeaway food industry, citing its desire to broaden its work across the takeaway and catering sector.

Selective labelling

Nutrition claims on food labels often don't tell the full story.

15 Sep 2011 | Seductive labels on food that promise less saturated fat, no added sugar or a bumper amount of wholegrains often don't tell the whole nutritional story.

Beefing-up-of-food-labels-a-good-move

Food standards proposal will close meat labelling loophole

9 Sep 2011 | CHOICE is calling for mandatory country of origin labelling on all unpackaged meat products to help consumers make informed decisions about the meat they’re buying.

Another step towards restaurant hygiene ratings

CHOICE welcomes NSW food hygiene rating trial as important step for consumers

10 Aug 2011 | CHOICE welcomes the New South Wales Food Authority’s announcement of a year-long, voluntary ‘Scores on Doors’ restaurant hygiene rating trial.

New alcohol labelling a good start but could go further

13 Jul 2011 | A new voluntary scheme announced by alcohol industry group DrinkWise, to include messages on alcohol product labels, should become mandatory.

CHOICE welcomes moves on palm oil labelling

Coalition supports Xenophon on palm oil

24 Jun 2011 | CHOICE says consumers look likely to benefit with the Federal coalition joining independent Senator Nick Xenophon in agreeing to support legislation for mandatory labelling of palm oil in all Australian foods.

Food for kids

An overwhelming proportion of kids foods are far from healthy.

22 Jun 2011 | CHOICE compares the nutritional panels of various products to help consumers make more informed choices about foods for their children.

Country of origin labelling

The jargon surrounding country of origin confuses consumers.

10 May 2011 | Our survey revealed Australian consumers are passionate about buying Aussie products, but do they understand claims about the origin of the food they are purchasing?

Country of origin labelling

The jargon surrounding country of origin confuses consumers.

10 May 2011 | Our survey revealed Australian consumers are passionate about buying Aussie products, but do they understand claims about the origin of the food they are purchasing?

Country of origin labelling

The jargon surrounding country of origin confuses consumers.

10 May 2011 | Our survey revealed Australian consumers are passionate about buying Aussie products, but do they understand claims about the origin of the food they are purchasing?

Country of origin labelling

The jargon surrounding country of origin confuses consumers.

10 May 2011 | Our survey revealed Australian consumers are passionate about buying Aussie products, but do they understand claims about the origin of the food they are purchasing?

Ice-cream reviews

Creamy, premium or low-fat: which vanilla ice-cream suits your taste?

31 Jan 2011 | CHOICE puts our members and staff to the test to find out which vanilla ice-creams taste the best.

EU a step closer to mandatory country of origin labelling

9 Dec 2010 | EU Ministers voted in favour of plans to extend compulsory country of origin labelling.

Country of origin labelling

Where does our food really come from?

3 Sep 2010 | Help CHOICE campaign for clearer food labelling by sharing your thoughts on country of origin.

Food-labelling-folly

A quick trip to the supermarket by CHOICE reveals 12 glaring examples of creative marketing and misleading claims.

1 Jun 2010 | You need to check the ingredients list and nutrition information panel to find out what a product really contains.

Food endorsement programs

We look beyond the catchy logos to tell you which endorsement schemes you can really trust.

2 Mar 2010 | CHOICE reviews the programs behind the top 10 health and sustainability endorsement logos you see on foods.

Genetically modified food risks

The Australian market is being flooded with food made from genetically modified (GM) crops. Yet you'd never know from the label.

17 Feb 2010 | Are GM crops jeopardising the safety and security of our food supply?

Health claims on foods

Good nutrition messages or just good marketing?

21 Dec 2009 | Health claims are most likely to be used on highly processed foods rather that the fresh foods we should all be eating more of.

Shrinking-sizes

Astute CHOICE shoppers have alerted us to the growing list of shrinking products on supermarket shelves.

16 Dec 2009 | Let us know your additions to the list so we can investigate further.

Take action on food labels

Is a new review of food labelling laws a threat or an opportunity?

2 Dec 2009 | A new review of food labelling laws is an opportunity to improve food labels for consumers. But it could also mean watered down labelling laws to make life easier for the food industry.

Supermarket price survey 2009

Our national survey reveals the true price we pay at the supermarket

26 Nov 2009 | Two years on from our last survey, CHOICE hit the supermarket aisles with a shopping list of staples. We found grocery prices have risen against a background of little competition.

Childrens snack bars unhealthy

Some snacks claiming to be healthy alternatives for children’s lunch boxes can be as bad for kids as confectionery.

31 Jul 2009 | Children’s snack bars can be as fattening as some chocolate bars, according to new research by Australian parents and a leading nutritionist, who are calling for better food labelling on the snacks.

Trans fats in foods

CHOICE finds some manufacturers still sneak unhealthy trans fats into our foods.

26 Jun 2009 | They rarely rate a mention on the label, but the trans fats hidden in many processed foods are worse for your health than saturated fats.

Food allergies and intolerances

CHOICE investigates why nut allergy rates are now soaring, and what you can do if you think you have an allergy.

24 Mar 2009 | Australia has one of the highest allergy rates in the world, and the number of people affected is growing at an astonishing rate.

Nanotechnology and food

No longer in the realm of science fiction, nanofoods are on their way to a supermarket near you.

23 Feb 2009 | CHOICE wants nanofoods better regulated to ensure they are both safe and properly labelled.

CHOICE guide to food labelling

You can't judge a book by its cover – what about food by its label?

20 Jan 2009 | Food labelling can be a minefield of confusion and misinformation. Labelling legislation offers some relief, but often isn't sufficiently enforced.

Traffic light labelling

New research shows traffic light labels help consumers make healthy choices.

19 Sep 2008 | A colour-coded traffic lights system, first developed by the UK Food Standards Agency, has been suggested as a more useful tool for helping consumers to make healthier food choices.

Plasticisers

CHOICE tested foods in glass jars and found contaminants from the plastic used to seal the lids.

12 Jun 2008 | In our test of food in glass jars, half contained the plastic-softening chemicals epoxidised soybean oil or phthalates at levels exceeding EU limits.

Food additives

Which ones pose a health risk?

2 May 2008 | We look at the latest research into additives that health questions have been raised about - and give CHOICE’s verdict on which ones you’d do best to avoid.

Food to lower your cholesterol

Which ones give you the most bang for your buck?

14 Mar 2008 | Eating 2–3g per day of plant sterols in the form of enriched spread, yoghurt, milk or a combination of these products can help lower your cholesterol.

Fairtrade products

Buying Fairtrade products is a way to make your buying decisions improve the lives of small producers in developing countries.

27 Aug 2007 | So what are Fairtrade products, and what’s it all about?

Pesticides in fruit and veg

Are they harmless — or is the truth that we don’t really know?

10 Mar 2006 | There’s no convincing evidence that pesticide residues are bad for your health at the very low levels permitted in fruit, vegetables and other foods. But the research isn’t conclusive.

Sugar

How much sugar is OK to include in our diet?

13 Sep 2005 | Sugar isn’t linked to diabetes, heart disease, cancer or hyperactivity. However, it can play a role in tooth decay, and adds energy (kilojoules/calories) without any other nutrition.

Food processors

Thermomix review

This surprising benchtop appliance could make many of your kitchen essentials obsolete.

1 Sep 2014 | This 10-function cooking appliance is much praised for its versatility in the kitchen.

Nutribullet review

This juicer claims to supercharge your health in seconds. What's our verdict?

2 Jun 2014 | This pricey little juicer retains the pulp and blends it with the rest of the fruit. We put it through its paces in the CHOICE test kitchen.

Vitamix and Optimum first look

These multi-purpose appliances allow you to create endless amounts of healthy, nutritious foods.

28 Apr 2014 | Both the Vitamix and Optimum can juice, blend, grind and heat. But how do they compare?

Stick blender reviews

We test 38 stick blenders in the CHOICE labs, including models from Bamix, Breville, Braun, Kenwood and Sunbeam.

10 Apr 2014 | Our home economist reviews 38 stick blenders, and finds safety is just as important as performance.

Food processor reviews

When it comes to food processors, is price an indicator of quality?

1 Oct 2013 | While all these things can be done with a chopping board and knife or a grater, hand whisk and so on, food processors are much quicker.

Breville the All in One first look

This appliance is a complete blending, mashing and processing station

2 Jul 2013 | CHOICE's home economist tested the multi-function Breville All in One appliance for performance and ease of use.

Beaba Babycook first look

The Beaba Babycook claims to make preparing healthy meals for your baby easy.

1 May 2012 | This handy appliance can steam, blend, reheat and defrost all in the one compact unit - but is it necessary?

Thermochef first look

How does the Thermochef stack up against its famous rival, the Thermomix?

25 Jan 2012 | The Thermochef performed well, but how does it stack up against its rival, the Thermomix?

Gift ideas for the kitchen

These gift ideas will please any budding amateur chef.

29 Nov 2011 | CHOICE picks the kitchen gadgets that will make great Christmas presents for anyone who loves to cook.

MyCook Domestic review

There's room for improvement, but the MyCook has potential.

6 May 2011 | With a similar price tag and functions to the famous Thermomix, the MyCook has a way to go before it's in the same class.

Food processor buying guide

Does paying more get you a better food processor?

2 Jul 2010 | A food processor can slice, shred, chop and blend foods; some can also mix cakes and knead dough.

Ready meals

From shelf to microwave, they're ready in minutes. But are these packaged meals any good?

3 Feb 2010 | Supermarket shelves are crammed with shelf-stable meals, costing between $3 and $5. We sort the best from the rest.

Plasticisers

CHOICE tested foods in glass jars and found contaminants from the plastic used to seal the lids.

12 Jun 2008 | In our test of food in glass jars, half contained the plastic-softening chemicals epoxidised soybean oil or phthalates at levels exceeding EU limits.

Food storage

Fridge reviews  

We put refrigerators of all shapes and sizes through their paces in our laboratories.

30 Oct 2014 | Latest performance results for all major fridge brands, including Westinghouse, Fisher and Paykel, Electrolux, LG and Samsung, are in.

Slow cooker buying guide

Forget about a partner in life – come home to a slow cooker!

5 Mar 2014 | Much simpler and more reliable than their human counterparts, slow cookers require very little attention and give great foot massa… wait, too far!

Esky or cooler reviews

Eskies, coolers or chilly bins - these picnic favourites are known by many names around Australia. We test nine of them.

6 Dec 2013 | Eskies, ice boxes, coolers or chilly bins - these camping favourites are known by many names around Australia. We put nine on test, finding how long it takes for the packed ice to melt.

Supermarket and bakery bread review

Modern bread processing methods have completely changed the way our daily loaf is made.

4 Jun 2013 | Bread has changed thanks to modern processing methods and additives. We investigate what's in supermarket and bakery breads and help you choose a healthy crust.

Breville the Fresh Keeper First Look

This appliance allows you to vacuum pack your food at home.

24 Sep 2012 | Breville now has a food sealing device in their range, to complement its Sous Vide appliance.

Sunbeam FoodSaver first look

Keep your food fresh and vacuum-packed at home.

28 Mar 2012 | Sunbeam has a range of food-sealing devices. We tested their cheapest to see if it lives up to its claims.

Fridge and freezer buying guide  

Side by side or upside down? Find the right fridge and freezer for your needs.

10 Mar 2011 | There are big variations in temperature uniformity, efficiency, noise and running costs.

Ice-cream reviews

Creamy, premium or low-fat: which vanilla ice-cream suits your taste?

31 Jan 2011 | CHOICE puts our members and staff to the test to find out which vanilla ice-creams taste the best.

BPA in canned foods

We found alarming levels of BPA in a range of canned foods – including baby foods.

1 Sep 2010 | CHOICE believes our national food regulator could be more proactive in protecting the health of Australian consumers.

Eskies

Summer wouldn’t be summer without an esky, but are they all equally cool?

1 Dec 2009 | If you’re out and about and need a place to store cold food and drinks, an esky is essential. Our results showed dramatic differences in the nine models tested.

Fridge temperature guide

Less than ideal settings reduce the storage life and quality of foods.

18 Mar 2009 | For the optimal freshness and safety of your foods, you need to follow a set of recommendations when setting your fridge's temperature.

Fridge thermometer reviews

We tested 24 fridge thermometers of varying types to find out which give the most accurate readings.

17 Oct 2007 | To keep food safe to eat, it must be chilled below 5°C or frozen at or below –18°C. Any warmer allows for potential for harmful bacteria growth.

Food poisoning

We've all driven the porcelain bus at some time. How can you avoid food poisoning?

1 Jun 2005 | Food poisoning is becoming more common - it's likely several million Australians get sick every year.

Ford

Ford Kuga first look

CHOICE and a member family take the Ford Kuga Titanium TDCi AWD for a test drive.

21 Nov 2013 | A CHOICE member family takes the Ford Kuga Titanium TDCi AWD for a spin. How do they rate its features and space?

Small vehicle repair costs

The results of this low-speed crash test show there are vast differences in repair costs across the range of top selling small vehicles.

28 Nov 2012 | NRMA Insurance put the spotlight on nine top selling small vehicles in Australia to see how their bumpers performed when involved in a collision.

Ford Fiesta Econetic recall

The potential exists for the occupants of the vehicle to be exposed to exhaust gases, which are poisonous.

13 Jan 2012 | Ford Motor Company of Australia Limited is recalling Fiesta Econetic vehicles sold nationally between 2nd September 2011 and 12th September 2011.

foreign-exchange

Overseas money transfers

When transferring money overseas, it pays to avoid the banks.

3 Apr 2013 | Unexpected fees and a poor exchange rate could cost you hundreds of dollars in the course of an international money transfer.

Foreign transaction fees

Foreign exchange is rarely a straightforward transaction.

10 Jul 2012 | Exchange rates say Aussies should be picking up a nice little bonus on overseas transactions this year. Research by a savvy CHOICE member says otherwise.

Fraud

Fraud Week aims to stop scammers

Relationship scams and fraud are under the spotlight during this year’s National Consumer Fraud Week.

16 Jun 2014 | Know who you’re dealing with to avoid being scammed, warns the Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce, as the ACCC announces that scam reports have shot up by 10% in 2013.

Work-from-home scams

Far from dying out, work-from-home scams are more dangerous than ever.

29 Nov 2011 | Work-from-home offers can be tempting, but they can make you vulnerable to identity theft. We reveal the top five scams, and explain how to protect yourself from them.

Free range

Consumer wins 2014

It's been a big year here at CHOICE, and it's time to celebrate some of our consumer wins!

18 Dec 2014 | We've had a bunch of successes this year, not least of which was saving FoFA. And it's time to celebrate.

Barossa Farm Produce claims misleading

ACCC finds gourmet meat range doesn't live up to claims.

18 Jun 2014 | Saskia Beer of Barossa Farm Produce has agreed to court-enforceable undertakings to the ACCC not to misrepresent the origins of the Black-Pig product range.

ACCC cracks down on alleged egg cartel

The Australian Egg Corporation is being accused of attempting to reduce the supply of eggs.

29 May 2014 | Industry body, the Australian Egg Corporation, is being taken to court for alleged trying to reduce the egg supply in order to prevent an oversupply.

Free range eggs

What does 'free range' really mean, and are consumers being misled?

26 Mar 2014 | If you’re buying free range eggs because you believe in animal welfare, the brands in the big supermarkets may not be meeting your expectations.

Free-range pork and turkey

The lack of a clear definition of free range makes it difficult for consumers to know exactly how Australian free-range meat is farmed

6 Dec 2013 | Producers and retailers are free to make their own decisions about free-range labelling, making it hard for consumers to know just how "free range" their ham, pork, bacon and turkey really is.

Shoppers shell out for free-range duds

CHOICE asks NSW Fair Trading to crack down on free-range eggs

30 Sep 2013 | CHOICE has made a super complaint on free-range egg claims in New South Wales, asking Fair Trading to investigate claims.

Save free-range

Queensland scrambles free range standards

23 Jul 2013 | The Queensland Government has stealthily increased ‘free range’ stocking densities by 667% - to 10,000 birds per hectare

Pepe's free range quackdown

Federal Court fines Pepe’s Ducks for misleading open range claims

20 Dec 2012 | Pepe’s Ducks has been fined $375,000 by the Federal Court over complaints by the ACCC of misleading ‘open range’ claims

Regulator rejects free range farce

ACCC rejects Egg Corporation’s proposed free range standards.

6 Nov 2012 | The Australian Egg Corporation Limited’s proposal to increase outdoor free range stocking densities 13-fold has been rejected by the ACCC.

Greens propose free range egg laws in WA

Western Australia becomes the new front in free range fight.

24 Oct 2012 | A Green MLC in Western Australia has introduced a bill to limit free range claims to farm with stocking densities of 1500 birds per hectare.

CHOICE calls on ACCC to reject Egg Corporation’s proposal

Over 3000 consumers sign petition asking ACCC to reject Australian Egg Corporation’s free-range definition.

5 Jul 2012 | We've lodged a submission with the ACCC, asking for the rejection of the Egg Corporation’s free-range certification.

Egg labelling website launched

New South Wales Government launches website to inform consumers about egg labelling.

22 Jun 2012 | We believe the NSW Government egg labelling website gives consumers little help due to the controversial interpretation of the existing definition of 'free-range eggs'.

First chickens, now eggs

ACCC takes action against South Australian ‘free range’ egg supplier

12 Mar 2012 | The ACCC is taking action against South Australian ‘free range’ egg supplier.

Organic meat in question

You pay the price for organic meat, but can you be sure that what you're getting is the real deal?

30 Jul 2009 | Organic meat is expensive to produce so you’ll pay more. But how can you be sure you’re getting what you pay for? CHOICE investigates.

Food miles

You'll be surprised at how well-travelled your food is.

28 Oct 2008 | Food miles advocates are calling for localised eating to counter the number of imported products on our supermarket shelves. But is it even possible to eat well on food grown within about 160km of where you live?

Free range eggs

How free are the hens that lay free-range eggs? Have big producers redefined free range to suit themselves?

20 Jun 2008 | If you’re buying free-range eggs because you believe in animal welfare, the brands in the big supermarkets may not be meeting your expectations.

Roast chicken  

Thirty years of intensive farming practices means expensive organic and free-range chickens don’t taste any better than a standard factory chook.

3 Mar 2008 | So what’s the tastiest chicken? Do the more expensive organic and free-range chooks really taste better than standard factory-farmed ones?

Free-range meat

If you buy free-range, how do you make sure you get what you pay for?

6 Mar 2007 | Free-range can mean a variety of things — the only common bottom line is that the general welfare requirements under state-based animal welfare acts and codes must be met.

Toasted muesli recipe  

Our food in focus is oats, packed full of nutritional goodies, and yummy in our muesli recipe.

4 Dec 2006 | This simple home made museli recipe is both delicious and healthy. It won't last long.

Free software

Tablet productivity apps

20 free tablet apps that can boost your productivity.

20 Mar 2014 | Having trouble getting things done? Feeling a bit overwhelmed by your to do list? These free productivity apps could be the answer.

Free image editors review

Can free photo editing software match up to paid programs?

5 Feb 2014 | Image editors can bring out the best in your happy snaps. We compare 10 programs that you can use for free.

Desktop search tools

Missing some files? These hard drive hunters could find what you're looking for.

22 Apr 2013 | Desktop search tools offer faster search speeds, content searches, and time-saving features not found in the default Windows tools. We put six to the test.

Miro review

Is the internet the future of TV? We take a look.

13 Aug 2009 | With thousands of internet TV "channels" available, how do you find something worth watching?

All about Linux

Free, stable, fast — there's a lot to like about Linux. We take an in-depth look at this powerful, open-source operating system.

31 Mar 2008 | Linux is a bit of a jack-of-all-trades, and traditionally the domain of hardcore computer geeks — but that’s changing.

Free software

There's plenty of free software on the internet, but is it any good?

19 Sep 2007 | Free software is appealing because you can find useful office and multimedia applications without the hefty price tag. But there are a few drawbacks to consider.

Freezers

Fridge reviews  

We put refrigerators of all shapes and sizes through their paces in our laboratories.

30 Oct 2014 | Latest performance results for all major fridge brands, including Westinghouse, Fisher and Paykel, Electrolux, LG and Samsung, are in.

Chest and upright freezer reviews

Is an upright freezer the way to go, or is a chest model the true treasure?

24 Sep 2013 | Upright or chest? When it comes to freezers, both have their pros and cons.

Fridge and freezer buying guide  

Side by side or upside down? Find the right fridge and freezer for your needs.

10 Mar 2011 | There are big variations in temperature uniformity, efficiency, noise and running costs.

Ice-cream reviews

Creamy, premium or low-fat: which vanilla ice-cream suits your taste?

31 Jan 2011 | CHOICE puts our members and staff to the test to find out which vanilla ice-creams taste the best.

Food poisoning

We've all driven the porcelain bus at some time. How can you avoid food poisoning?

1 Jun 2005 | Food poisoning is becoming more common - it's likely several million Australians get sick every year.

Frequent flyers

Qantas chief predicts cutbacks in discount airlines

Will average airfares rise as local market reaches capacity?

4 Jun 2014 | Qantas chief Alan Joyce predicts discount airfare cutbacks at International Air Transport Association annual meeting.

Qantas changes Frequent Flyer program

Frequent flyers with Qantas will no longer earn points on how far they fly but on how much they pay.

28 Mar 2014 | Customers choosing cheaper Qantas flights will earn less points under the announced changes.

Frequent Flyer failure

Unless you fly often, frequent flyer points won’t get you very far.

20 Mar 2014 | Scoring an airline ticket or an upgrade can be a tall order if you’re relying on Frequent Flyer rewards.

fresh-apples

Coles fresh apple claims caught out by Ad Standards Board

"Spring" apples were actually picked in April

6 Nov 2014 | Coles' "fresh" "Spring" apples are not so fresh, according to Ad Standards Board.

fresh-fruit

Coles fresh apple claims caught out by Ad Standards Board

"Spring" apples were actually picked in April

6 Nov 2014 | Coles' "fresh" "Spring" apples are not so fresh, according to Ad Standards Board.

Fresh vegetables

Extending the shelf life of chilled food

Ever wondered how some chilled foods can have such a long shelf life?

19 Sep 2014 | The use-by or best-before dates on some food in supermarket fridges can be much longer than you'd expect for fresh produce. We look at how the shelf life of chilled foods can be extended.

Ausveg takes on Woolworths over Jamie's Garden

Woolworths' Jamie Oliver campaign levy slammed by vegetable growers body.

12 Jun 2014 | Ausveg appeals to celebrity chef Jamie Oliver to demand that Woolworths refunds producers its Jamie's Garden marketing levy.

Pesticide residues in fruit and vegetables

Does spending more on organic produce guarantee you'll avoid pesticide residues? We tested grapes from supermarkets, greengrocers and farmers' markets to find out.

25 Mar 2014 | Is it worth spending more on pesticide-free fruit and vegetables? We tested conventional and organic grapes to find out.

Hazardous pesticides

Many chemicals available in Australia are no longer registered in Europe.

17 Jun 2011 | Cockroach baits, termite treatments, surface sprays and head lice treatments are some of the products containing ingredients that could seriously affect our health and that of our children.

Fresh food

We reveal the tricks producers and supermarkets use to keep food looking fresh.

30 Nov 2010 | Can you call apples that are nine months old truly fresh?

Roasted beetroot spinach and mint salad

CHOICE recipe for a sweet and salty salad

25 Jun 2010 | Ingredients that may not often go together makes a great salad


Food in focus - pumpkin

If you're buying a whole pumpkin, look for one which is heavy for its size, with firm skin.

16 Mar 2007 | Pumpkins are generally available all year around, but are particularly associated with Autumn and Winter.

Are fresh vegies better?

Frozen vegetables can have higher levels of important nutrients, such as vitamin C, than fresh.

13 Mar 2007 | We wanted to compare the vitamin levels in a range of fresh raw, fresh cooked, frozen and canned vegies to see which were more nutritious.

Pesticides in fruit and veg

Are they harmless — or is the truth that we don’t really know?

10 Mar 2006 | There’s no convincing evidence that pesticide residues are bad for your health at the very low levels permitted in fruit, vegetables and other foods. But the research isn’t conclusive.

Fridges

Avoid food poisoning this Christmas

Top tips for ensuring your seafood, ham, turkey and all the trimmings are safe to eat.

18 Dec 2014 | Ready for Christmas turkey with all the trimmings? Follow these food safety tips to prevent food poisoning from spoiling your festive season.

Fridge reviews  

We put refrigerators of all shapes and sizes through their paces in our laboratories.

30 Oct 2014 | Latest performance results for all major fridge brands, including Westinghouse, Fisher and Paykel, Electrolux, LG and Samsung, are in.

Extending the shelf life of chilled food

Ever wondered how some chilled foods can have such a long shelf life?

19 Sep 2014 | The use-by or best-before dates on some food in supermarket fridges can be much longer than you'd expect for fresh produce. We look at how the shelf life of chilled foods can be extended.

Energy rating app launches

Free energy rating app that lets you compare energy efficiency based on dollars instead of kilowatt hours makes sense, but CHOICE found room for improvement.

15 Jul 2014 | A free Australian government smartphone energy rating app translates the energy rating star system into dollars for consumers.

Wine fridge reviews

We put wine fridges, both large and small, through their paces in our laboratories to find out which are best for your precious drops.

8 Jul 2014 | We put wine fridges from DeLonghi, Haier, Liebherr and Vintec through a raft of tests to find out which ones will keep your precious drops safe.

Product reliability survey

Our 2014 report reveals how our members rate common technology product and appliance brands for reliability.

21 Feb 2014 | Use our brand reliability results to help guide your decision before buying. A bargain isn't a bargain if you're likely to pay a lot for repairs in the long term.

Absurd whitegoods features  

Do the special features on your washing machine actually mean anything?

13 Jun 2012 | Often the special functions on your washing machine and dryer are just marketing hype.

Wine fridge reviews

Are your precious bottles collecting dust in the corner of your garage? There are other options available.

17 Apr 2012 | There are different types of wine fridges, but you might find that better options in your house are available.

CHOICE Awards 2012  

Our experts hand out bouquets to the worthy recipients.

28 Mar 2012 | The third annual CHOICE Awards is our chance to celebrate the people, products, services and brands that improve the lives of consumers every day.

Energy efficient home guide

We look at energy savings everyone can make.

30 Mar 2011 | We've used our CHOICE testing to bring you a comprehensive list of energy-efficient products for your home.

Fridge and freezer buying guide  

Side by side or upside down? Find the right fridge and freezer for your needs.

10 Mar 2011 | There are big variations in temperature uniformity, efficiency, noise and running costs.

LG

LG compensates consumers for greenwashing

18 Mar 2010 | This major fridge manufacturer claims the GC-L197NFS’s and GC-P197WFS annual energy consumption is 738kWh but CHOICE tests revealed it uses about 876kWh when bypassing the energy-saving mode.

Portable fridge buying guide

You need to know your stuff when choosing a portable fridge.

20 Mar 2009 | There are three types of portable fridge to choose from with big differences between them.

Fridge temperature guide

Less than ideal settings reduce the storage life and quality of foods.

18 Mar 2009 | For the optimal freshness and safety of your foods, you need to follow a set of recommendations when setting your fridge's temperature.

Fridge thermometer reviews

We tested 24 fridge thermometers of varying types to find out which give the most accurate readings.

17 Oct 2007 | To keep food safe to eat, it must be chilled below 5°C or frozen at or below –18°C. Any warmer allows for potential for harmful bacteria growth.

Appliance reliability survey 2007

See how your appliances rate for reliability.

25 Aug 2007 | Based on your responses, the most reliable appliances are digital cameras and televisions, while the machines most likely to need repairs are dishwashers and lawnmowers.

Food poisoning

We've all driven the porcelain bus at some time. How can you avoid food poisoning?

1 Jun 2005 | Food poisoning is becoming more common - it's likely several million Australians get sick every year.

Front-loaders

OMO Pods first look

OMO says these liquid capsules contain its ‘most advanced liquid ever’ – but does it deliver?

6 Oct 2011 | CHOICE finds out whether these water soluble pods are any different to a standard liquid detergent.

Frozen vegetables

Pesticides in imported vegetables

Imported vegetables appear no more likely to be contaminated with pesticides than Australian produce.

5 Mar 2010 | Our random test of common canned and frozen vegetables showed little cause for concern.

Potato product reviews

Some potato shapes that appeal to kids don’t make the nutritional grade.

7 Jul 2009 | Chips, fries or wedges can be handy to keep in the freezer but what is the true cost of this convenience?

Are fresh vegies better?

Frozen vegetables can have higher levels of important nutrients, such as vitamin C, than fresh.

13 Mar 2007 | We wanted to compare the vitamin levels in a range of fresh raw, fresh cooked, frozen and canned vegies to see which were more nutritious.

Fruit

Juicer reviews

We squeeze out the truth on yield, ease of use, and nutrient extraction of fast and slow (cold press) juicers.

20 Nov 2014 | We test 15 juicers in the CHOICE labs, including models from Breville, Sunbeam, Philips and more. How do they compare with the NutriBullet for extracting nutrients?

Fruit and veg targets stay at five a day

World Health Organization guidelines confirmed by new British study.

31 Jul 2014 | New research suggests that five a day is the appropriate target for the number of fruit and veg serves we eat, echoing the WHO recommendation that dates back to 2003.

Organic food benefits: study findings flawed

Research claiming that organic food contains more antioxidants and less heavy metals has limitations, say experts.

15 Jul 2014 | Experts are critical of a new study which found organic foods have higher concentrations of antioxidants than conventionally grown crops.

Ausveg takes on Woolworths over Jamie's Garden

Woolworths' Jamie Oliver campaign levy slammed by vegetable growers body.

12 Jun 2014 | Ausveg appeals to celebrity chef Jamie Oliver to demand that Woolworths refunds producers its Jamie's Garden marketing levy.

Yonanas review

Create a tasty, healthy frozen dessert in no time with the Yonanas.

2 Jun 2014 | A new gadget hits the market that allows you to turn your overripe fruit into a delicious dessert.

Pesticide residues in fruit and vegetables

Does spending more on organic produce guarantee you'll avoid pesticide residues? We tested grapes from supermarkets, greengrocers and farmers' markets to find out.

25 Mar 2014 | Is it worth spending more on pesticide-free fruit and vegetables? We tested conventional and organic grapes to find out.

Hazardous pesticides

Many chemicals available in Australia are no longer registered in Europe.

17 Jun 2011 | Cockroach baits, termite treatments, surface sprays and head lice treatments are some of the products containing ingredients that could seriously affect our health and that of our children.

Mascarpone date and pomegranate cream

The perfect addition to sweet biscuits or fruit salad.

25 Jan 2011 | Add a burst of flavour to sweet desserts.

Butterscotch banana pancakes

What a treat

4 Nov 2010 | The butterscotch banana topping adds something special to your ordinary pancake

Butterscotch banana pancakes

What a treat

4 Nov 2010 | The butterscotch banana topping adds something special to your ordinary pancake

Pavlova

A tasty dessert topped with a mixture of fresh fruits

24 Jun 2010 | Our national dessert, with coming back for more results .


Passionfruit butter

CHOICE recipe for passionfruit butter

24 Jun 2010 | A great accompaniment to scones, sponge cake or as a spread on toast.


Vanilla honey cream

A great addition to add with strawberries or scones

24 Jun 2010 | Simple to make, this can make a perfect dessert even better


Watermelon-with-kaffir-lime-syrup

Try this refreshing summer watermelon dessert

8 Jun 2010 | Refreshing kaffir lime syrup to drizzle on your watermelon on a hot summers day.


Picking the right tomato

CHOICE discovers some delicious varieties of tomatoes to look out for - and how to pick them.

7 Oct 2009 | Tomatoes you find at the supermarket are often as hard and as tasty as cricket balls. But there are still some tasty tomatoes to be found.

Farmers markets

Should you trade in your supermarket trolley for food straight off the farm?

13 Feb 2008 | There’s no legislation defining farmers' markets in Australia—each has its own charter which sets out what the market allows and doesn’t. So can you be sure that farmers and producers are the ones getting your custom?

Strawberries

We tell you how to choose the sweetest and tastiest — but our test found pesticide residues in most conventionally grown strawberries.

29 Jan 2008 | We love our strawberries. They look beautiful and good ones taste delicious. But are there hidden dangers?

Superfruit jucies review and compare

Can juice from 'super' fruits — goji, noni, mangosteen or açai — really cure cancer?

16 Aug 2007 | Forget about an orange or apple — distrubtors say if you really want to keep the doctor away, you need to knock back a daily dose of "superfruit".

Organic food

Choosing organic food is easier than ever. But is it worth the extra money?

17 Jul 2007 | Not too long ago you had to go to special shops if you wanted organic food. Now you can find plenty in supermarkets, but mostly you’ll pay a pretty high premium over the cost of standard produce. Is it really worth it?

Are fresh vegies better?

Frozen vegetables can have higher levels of important nutrients, such as vitamin C, than fresh.

13 Mar 2007 | We wanted to compare the vitamin levels in a range of fresh raw, fresh cooked, frozen and canned vegies to see which were more nutritious.

Toasted muesli recipe  

Our food in focus is oats, packed full of nutritional goodies, and yummy in our muesli recipe.

4 Dec 2006 | This simple home made museli recipe is both delicious and healthy. It won't last long.

Fruit juice

Fruit juice popper reviews  

Is there a place for fruit poppers in your child’s lunchbox?

30 Apr 2012 | We review 100 different varieties of fruit juice poppers available in major supermarkets and found a few factors worth considering before you pop one in your kids lunchbox.

Frying pans

Induction cookware buying guide

Your current cookware may not be suitable for your new induction cooktop. We outline what to look for when shopping for induction cookware

6 Dec 2013 | Think about your style of cooking and keep in mind that each induction cooktop can respond differently to cookware.

Non-stick frypans

We've tested 13 non-stick frypans from brands including Le Creuset, Jamie Oliver, Scanpan, Tefal and Circulon.

9 May 2013 | We reveal how some non-stick frypans perform when it comes to non-stick capabilities, heat distribution, durability and ease of use.

Broad bean and haloumi salad

A fresh salad perfect for any occasion.

2 Mar 2011 | Try this delicious salad that combines broad beans, haloumi and red capsicum.

How to cook crispy bacon

How to get that perfectly crisp bacon.

21 Jan 2011 | Cook's CHOICE shares the tips on how to cook crispy bacon.

Slow cooked corn beef

A perfect dish for your slow cooker.

20 Jan 2011 | Set up your slow cooker in the morning and come home at the end of the day to delicious corned beef

How to make pancakes

Simple recipe for making pancakes.

17 Jan 2011 | A simple and easy way to make a pancake

Butterscotch banana pancakes

What a treat

4 Nov 2010 | The butterscotch banana topping adds something special to your ordinary pancake

Butterscotch banana pancakes

What a treat

4 Nov 2010 | The butterscotch banana topping adds something special to your ordinary pancake

Tefal ActiFry review

Can you cook deliciously crispy, golden chips with only a spoonful of oil?

3 Sep 2008 | The TEFAL ActiFry cooks food with hot air and minimal oil, claiming to make crunchy fried chips with fewer calories.

Fuel

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Aspire family car review

We asked the Gosschalk family to take this plug-in hybrid SUV for a weekend test drive.

21 Jul 2014 | The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Aspire Electric SUV is the first plug-in hybrid introduced commercially in Australia. Find out whether it wowed our test drivers.

2014 Budget winners and losers

The 2014 Budget will prove a painful one for many Australian consumers.

13 May 2014 | With students, young families, professionals and pensioners all in the federal Budget's sights, who comes out on top and who is worse off?

2014 Budget countdown: 4 days to go

The floated increase in the fuel excise tax will hit low income households the hardest, experts say.

9 May 2014 | The fuel excise tax may be increased in Tuesday’s federal budget, adding an extra $2 to the average fuel tank, if leaks prove accurate.

Car tyres 205-55R16 reviews  

We review tyres suitable for some of the most popular car models in Australia, such as the Toyota Corolla, Mazda 3 and Hyundai i30.

6 May 2014 | 18 brands of 205/55R16 tyres are put through CHOICE's rigorous braking, cornering and rolling resistance tests. We'll tell you which sets to buy and which to avoid.

Woolworths-breaches-fuel-undertaking

ACCC takes action after Woolworths breaks promise on not offering high fuel discounts.

14 Apr 2014 | Court finds that Woolworths breached fuel shopper docket undertaking, but later offers by Coles and Woolworths did not.

Hyundai ix35 Family review

A family of CHOICE members take the wheel of the Hyundai ix35.

18 Feb 2014 | CHOICE members Johanne Rossi and Tobias Dunn and their family took the Hyundai ix35 Highlander AWD 2.0L Diesel for a drive.

Kia Rondo first look

CHOICE and one of our member families take the Kia Rondo Platinum GDI 2.0L for a test drive

17 Dec 2013 | A CHOICE member family takes the Kia Rondo Platinum GDI 2.0L for a spin. Find out how they rate its features.

Car tyres 175-65R15 review and compare  

We test 18 brands of 175/65R15 tyres, suitable for small cars such as the Honda Jazz, Toyota Yaris and Suzuki Swift.

29 Nov 2013 | Our new rolling resistance test evaluates “eco” claims made by some manufacturers.

Ford Kuga first look

CHOICE and a member family take the Ford Kuga Titanium TDCi AWD for a test drive.

21 Nov 2013 | A CHOICE member family takes the Ford Kuga Titanium TDCi AWD for a spin. How do they rate its features and space?

Dodgy fuel dealers

Consumers might be getting more than they bargain for at the bowser.

7 Jun 2011 | Despite a range of federal government checkpoints to ensure consumers get what they pay for at the bowser, some fuel retailers are slipping through the net.

Fujifilm

Digital camera reviews  

We review 94 DSLRs, Micro Four Thirds, Four Thirds and some bridge cameras, priced from $399 to $5300.

5 Dec 2014 | We review digital SLRs, system and bridge cameras, including models from Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm, Panasonic, Pentax, Olympus, Samsung and Sony.

Basic digital camera reviews  

We compare more than 100 basic digital cameras, including models from Canon, Nikon, Samsung, Sony and Panasonic.

29 Sep 2014 | In our latest digital camera test we review 156 compact digital cameras, priced from $87 to $749.

Rugged cameras  

Australia’s outdoor life can be pretty hard on cameras - but these models claim they can handle water, dust, or sudden shocks.

14 Oct 2013 | Choice tests manufacturers' claims for rugged cameras. Some survive, some don't.

Cheap vs expensive cameras in low light

See if you can spot which image was taken with the cheap camera.

29 May 2013 | We challenge you to choose the best image taken in low-light conditions by three cameras - the results may surprise.

Photokina 2012

CHOICE heads to a major photographic trade show in Europe.

19 Sep 2012 | On Day 2 of Photokina 2012, Chris Ruggles takes a look at the latest cameras from Canon and Nikon.

Gadget gift guide for Christmas

Gadgets and gizmos always make great presents for the tech-savvy and tech-curious.

23 Nov 2011 | We round up the best technology buys, from tablets, to televisions, to MP3 players, to eBook readers.

Christmas gift guide

We've trawled our test results to bring you a range of great gift ideas.

16 Nov 2011 | From digital cameras to kitchen gadgets, our gift ideas cater to all budgets.

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Large air conditioner reviews

Find out which air conditioner is best for your home - whether you want to cool (or heat) a single room or a large living area.

24 Oct 2014 | Over 160 reverse-cycle split-system inverter air conditioners compared and reviewed, including models from Daikin, Fujitsu, Panasonic and more.

Budget laptop reviews  

We test 14 low-cost laptops to see how much bang you get for very few bucks.

16 Oct 2014 | You don’t have to sacrifice speed when buying a cheap laptop. We test 14 low-cost laptops that provide a good combination of power and features at a reasonable price.

Funeral

Funeral insurance

One funeral insurer has answered the call of consumer groups and released a fairer insurance policy.

10 Nov 2014 | Funeral insurance purchased too early can end up costing more than the costs of the funeral itself.

Time to end the funeral insurance rip-off

Consumer groups call for reforms

21 Aug 2013 | CHOICE joins other consumer organisations in calling for reforms to Australia’s funeral insurance industry.

Unnecessary insurance policies

There are some insurance policies you can definitely live without.

13 Aug 2011 | We expose the top five types of junk insurance and suggest some smarter alternatives.

Funeral costs

Planning ahead for the death of a loved one can save you a lot of unnecessary grief.

9 Feb 2011 | CHOICE found that funeral costs fluctuate wildly. We highlight ways to get a fair deal.

Furniture

Cot reviews

Safety is key when a newborn comes into the picture. We have test results for 116 cots to tell you which are the safest.

11 Aug 2014 | The mandatory Australian standard aims to benchmark all cots to a safe level, but some failures still slip through the cracks.

Faux Fur Bean Bag Cover recall

Lightweight beads present a severe danger to children if swallowed or inhaled.

14 Oct 2011 | Geelong Home Textiles Pty Ltd is recalling faux fur bean bag covers sold in Queensland and Victoria between 27th September 2010 and 9th October 2011.

Freedom-Chalet-Step-Stool-Recall

The product is not designed for functional use; it is designed as a display piece only.

14 Sep 2011 | If the product is used as a functional stepping stool, the fold out step may collapse and the front legs may break, causing serious injury to the user.

Buying guide sofa beds

Make a comfortable decision about the sofa bed you choose.

1 Jul 2008 | We've compiled this buying guide to get you up to speed on what's out there in the way of sofa beds, how much they cost, and what to look for when shopping.

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