Australian Standard for organic industry

New rules for organic products will help consumers sort the wheat from the chaff.

9 Oct 2009 | An Australian Standard for organic and biodynamic products has been developed to help consumers buy the real deal.

Underage spending

A new prepaid Visa card for under-18s has been launched, but teenagers may fall for some hidden fee traps.

8 Oct 2009 | Teenagers as young as 13 can now sign up for a prepaid Visa card without any prior financial education or parental consent.

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.

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.

telstra

New Telstra fee not compulsory

Telstra’s CEO has a change of heart – anyone with concerns can be exempt from the new fee that came into effect today.

14 Sep 2009 | Telstra’s new $2.20 fee, charged to customers who don’t pay their bills electronically, will no longer be forced on customers who ring Telstra to express why they need to continue paying in cash.

Telco bill shock on the rise

The shock of costly bills from telcos has given rise to this new term, and figures indicate it’s a growing problem.

8 Sep 2009 | “Bill-shock” occurs when people receive internet or telephone bills that are far higher than expected. People are increasingly complaining about shock-inducing bills according to the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman.

Caffeine-laden drinks appeal to kids

A new drink promises to make ‘good energy’. CHOICE looks at the source of these claims.

11 Aug 2009 | Smart Energy, a range of drinks by wellknown juice brand Spring Valley, contains as much caffeine as other energy drinks, such as Red Bull and V.

Australia post's terms unfair

A David vs Goliath battle has emerged out of a recent case over a lost item in the mail.

7 Aug 2009 | Australia Post’s terms and conditions relating to liability for missing packages have been found to be in breach of the law by the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Beware these lethal lollies

We couldn’t tell some compressed cotton wipes from lollies at first glance – so we’re concerned a young child couldn’t either

6 Aug 2009 | Although these wipes are not toys, given that they’re likely to appeal to parents with small children, CHOICE believes their current lolly-like form is inappropriate.

Drowning in e-waste

As digital TVs replace analog sets and more TVs end up in landfill, what can be done about recycling?

5 Aug 2009 | Approximately 1.5 million obsolete TV sets are sent to landfill each year and this number is to set to escalate as the digital network rolls out, according to Tipping Point: Australia’s E-waste Crisis, a report by the Total Environment Centre (TEC).

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