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Mobility scooters

02 Sep 2010 | Accidents, causing head injuries, fractures and fatality can occur on mobility scooters.  More »

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2009 Bloopers

17 Dec 2009 | Some of the best (or worst, depending on your viewpoint) highlights from our 2009 CHOICE videos.  More »

Washing machine recall

15 Dec 2009 | See the list of washing machines that are being recalled.  More »

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Maclaren stroller recall in USA

10 Nov 2009 | The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a voluntary recall of Maclaren strollers, due to the stroller’s hinge mechanism posing a fingertip amputation and laceration hazard to a child when the stroller is being unfolded.  More »

Costco opens in Australia

17 Jul 2009 | Thousands of shoppers were up early to throng the store, about three times the size of a large supermarket, to check out the hype of low prices and unusual product offerings such as grandfather clocks, diamond rings and king crab legs from Russia.  More »

Queensland bans energy inefficient air conditioners

03 Jul 2009 | The Queensland government has introduced a ban on the sale and installation of air-conditioning units that fail to achieve an energy efficiency ratio of 2.9 or higher – equivalent to a four-star energy rating – beginning September this year.  More »

Beware digital gold diggers

06 Nov 2009 | Unscrupulous types are selling over-priced set-top-boxes door-to-door with empty promises of Government reimbursement.   More »

Woolworths enters the mobile phone market

04 Aug 2009 | Woolworths has entered the mobile phone market, offering a new pre-paid service in conjunction with Optus.  More »

Children's snack bars unhealthy

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.  More »

Phony SMS identity theft scam

23 Nov 2009 | Identity thieves are posing as bank officers to get your personal and financial details via SMS.  More »

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Coca-Cola downsizes to increase profits?

30 Sep 2014 | Coca-Cola Australia has launched a new small sized 250ml can at a low price to drive sales.  More »

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Health claims on sports drinks would mislead consumers, warns CHOICE

01 Oct 2014 | CHOICE is opposing a new proposal which would allow Gatorade, Powerade and other sugar-filled electrolyte drinks to carry health claims on their labels.   More »

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Coles banned from advertising fresh bread for three years

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

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Lenders tightening "low doc" loans

29 Sep 2014 | Low doc lenders are tightening their practices after the introduction of new responsible lending laws.  More »

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Bitcoin EFTPOS card trial

25 Sep 2014 | An Aussie startup is trialling a new bitcoin EFTPOS debit card, as the ATO declares bitcoin and other cyber currencies assets rather than money.  More »

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Energy contract price variation set to continue

23 Sep 2014 | Despite the best efforts of consumer advocates, unilateral price variation by energy retailers does not appear to be destined for the dustbin.  More »

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Woolworths facing the ACCC in court over unsafe products

19 Sep 2014 | The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is taking Woolworths to the Federal Court alleging that the supermarket chain made false or misleading claims about the safety of some of its home brand products.   More »

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Food rating website launched

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.  More »

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Breakfast cereal health benefits

22 Sep 2014 | Regular breakfast cereal eaters have diets higher in vitamins and minerals and lower in fat, and are less likely to be overweight or obese compared to breakfast skippers and other breakfast eaters, says study.  More »

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Consumers and farmers to benefit from discount produce

17 Sep 2014 | Harris Farms' new initiative redresses the hundreds of thousands of tonnes of fresh and tasty fruit and veg are discarded each year in Australia due to visual imperfections.   More »

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