Children's 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.

NAB drops unfair fees

The National Australia Bank (NAB) is scrapping penalty fees for customers who overdraw or incur dishonours on their transaction accounts.

29 Jul 2009 | CHOICE and the Consumer Action Law Centre (CALC) congratulate the National Australia Bank (NAB) for showing leadership by scrapping penalty fees for customers who overdraw or incur dishonours on their transaction accounts.

Woolworths shifts grocery prices blame

Defying the global downturn with sales growth, the supermarket and retail giant is attempting to shift blame for the ever-increasing price of groceries.

24 Jul 2009 | The peak body for the food and grocery manufacturing sector has slammed Woolworths for suggesting the industry was to blame for the rising food prices in Australia .

Costco opens in Australia

The US discount warehouse chain opened its first Australian shop today in Melbourne.

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.

EFTPOS loses ground

MasterCard and Visa debit cards are gaining in popularity, but at what price?

9 Jul 2009 | The international card companies MasterCard and Visa are rapidly encroaching on EFTPOS’ territory, the Australian debit card system, with their own debit cards. But while scheme debit card transactions are generally free for consumers, other costs lie beneath the surface.

GM free alcohol guide

Genetically modified ingredients are slipping under the radar and into some foods – possibly your favourite glass of red.

8 Jul 2009 | A pocket-sized guide listing alcoholic drinks free of genetically modified ingredients was launched by Greenpeace yesterday, with the support of farmers, chefs and well-known food industry figures.

Camera photographs skin damage

An advanced camera is the key to ongoing research that aims to help Australians protect themselves from skin cancer.

6 Jul 2009 | A long-term Queensland study examining the link between sun exposure and skin cancer is using a cutting-edge camera to reveal disturbing skin damage not normally visible to the naked eye.

Voluntary green code for ads weak

Will consumers really be protected from misleading ‘green’ claims when self-regulation by the advertising industry begins?

3 Jul 2009 | Consumers are bombarded by green claims for products and services, but not all of them can be backed up, giving rise to “greenwash”.

Queensland bans energy inefficient air conditioners

CHOICE welcomes Queensland’s move to ban inefficient air conditioners, but wants to see standards improved nationally.

3 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.

Shelf time reducecs tea's health benefits

Green tea has long been prized for its antioxidants, but recent research suggests even short-term storage drastically reduces its health benefits.

2 Jul 2009 | Just six months in the pantry could be enough to destroy nearly 90% of antioxidants in some tea, according to a recent US study.

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