Letters that get results

Making a complaint requires time, effort and often a bit of patience.
 
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  • Updated:10 May 2005
 

01 .Writing works

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*On 1 January 2011, a new national Australian Consumer Law regime came into effect. Please see our article or go to http://www.accc.gov.au/consumerrights for information on these changes.

Sometimes you can simply pick up the phone and resolve the issue fairly quickly. But on other occasions you may have to write a letter outlining your concerns before the organisation takes you seriously.

That’s where the CHOICE Book Put It In Writing can help. Written by Margaret White, it offers tips on making a complaint and writing letters that get results.

It also presents 120 well-considered, cool and commanding letters to retailers, car dealers, builders, government agencies, insurance companies, lenders and many more. There’s even practical advice about what rights you have in those situations, and a list of useful contacts.

Some tips

So when you need to complain, consider these tips from Put It In Writing:

  • Know your rights before you complain and show it in your letter.
  • Work out what you want (say a refund, compensation or apology) before you complain.
  • Complain to the person you have the problem with but, if they don’t have the authority to handle the matter, go to the manager or person in charge.
  • Keep the letter simple, short and straightforward, and write it in clear and easy-to-read language.
  • Let the person you’re writing to know you understand their point of view, too.
  • Get straight to the point in the first paragraph and carefully plan what you want to say in the rest of the letter.
  • Enclose copies (not originals) of relevant documents, such as bills, quotes, receipts and invoices.
  • If you’re sending a message by fax or email, present the information as carefully as you would in a letter.

To see some sample letters from Put It In Writing, click here.

You can buy Put it in Writing, 3rd edition, by Margaret White, from the CHOICE Online Shop.

Please note: this information was current as of May 2005 but is still a useful guide to today's market.


 
 

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

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Food and drinkFri, 01 Mar 2013 15:41:00 GMT
Saving on hearing aids http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/general-health/conditions/Saving-on-hearing-aids.aspx

One in six Australians suffers hearing loss, but top-end aids can cost a small fortune. We've surveyed the market to find out how and where you can save.

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General healthWed, 20 Feb 2013 15:07:00 GMT
What's your beef http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/groceries/beef-from-paddock-to-plate.aspx

From direct sales between farmer and butcher, to a complex chain of agents, finishers, processors and wholesales, the path from paddock to plate can vary widely.

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Food and drinkThu, 07 Feb 2013 09:28:00 GMT
Anxiety http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/general-health/conditions/Anxiety.aspx

Treatments for anxiety may include psychological therapies, medication and self-help.

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General healthFri, 01 Feb 2013 14:40:00 GMT
Are smoothies and frappés healthy? http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/beverages/cold-drinks.aspx

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.

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Food and drinkMon, 14 Jan 2013 09:18:00 GMT
Exercise hydration http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/beverages/Exercise-hydration.aspx

The simple act of drinking when thirsty has become complicated by science and pseudoscience. CHOICE investigates.

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Food and drinkMon, 07 Jan 2013 16:41:00 GMT
Wacky water http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/beverages/Wacky-water.aspx

The market is awash with "enhanced" waters making claims about their superior chemistry. But do they offer any advantages over normal water?

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Food and drinkMon, 07 Jan 2013 10:28:00 GMT
Sparkling wine and champagne reviews http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/alcohol/sparkling-wine-and-champagne-taste-test.aspx

CHOICE's wine experts tested 60 of the best-selling sparkling wines, including champagne. Some of the best buys cost under $10.

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Food and drinkWed, 19 Dec 2012 10:35:00 GMT
Christmas pudding reviews http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/groceries/christmas-pudding-reviews.aspx

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

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Food and drinkMon, 03 Dec 2012 16:00:00 GMT
Women's razor reviews http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/beauty-and-personal-care/hair-removal/womens-razor-reviews.aspx

We have test results for 13 women's razors from Gillette Venus, Schick and Bic, priced from $0.70 to $16.

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Beauty and personal careFri, 23 Nov 2012 15:52:00 GMT
The rise of nutritional branding http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/labelling-and-advertising/nutritional-labelling/rise-of-nutritional-trademarking.aspx

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

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Labelling and advertisingTue, 20 Nov 2012 15:44:00 GMT
Men's razor reviews http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/beauty-and-personal-care/hair-removal/mens-razors-review-and-compare.aspx

The results for this test are shared among several consumer organisations.

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Beauty and personal careWed, 14 Nov 2012 11:42:00 GMT
Sunglasses buying guide http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/general-health/optical/Sunglasses.aspx

How important are sunglasses to your health and what do you need to look for?

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General healthSun, 21 Oct 2012 15:11:00 GMT
What makes you fat? http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/diet-and-exercise/weight-loss/What-makes-you-fat.aspx

The latest science suggests there's more to the recent obesity epidemic than too much food and too little exercise.

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Diet and exerciseFri, 28 Sep 2012 14:46:00 GMT
Where are supermarket products sourced? http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/supermarkets/country-of-origin-of-supermarket-products.aspx

Coles and Woolworths say they're committed to sourcing their private label products from Australia, but this isn't necessarily the whole story.

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Food and drinkThu, 06 Sep 2012 06:22:00 GMT
Parallel import beer taste test http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/alcohol/parallel-import-beer-taste-test.aspx

We've tasted Peroni, Stella, Heineken and other imported favourites to find how the premium imports match up against their locally brewed versions.

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Food and drinkTue, 28 Aug 2012 16:03:00 GMT
Can a chiropractor replace your GP? http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/general-health/therapies/can-chiropractors-replace-doctors.aspx

As with all medical practices, there are risks involved with chiropractic. So do the benefits for children outweigh the risks?

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General healthThu, 23 Aug 2012 15:46:00 GMT
Is coconut water healthy? http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/beverages/is-coconut-water-healthy.aspx

It's been hailed as 'nature's sports drink', but does coconut water live up to its health claims?

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Food and drinkTue, 21 Aug 2012 15:54:00 GMT
Fitbit first look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/diet-and-exercise/exercise-equipment/fitbit-first-look.aspx

We take a look at the Fitbit Ultra, which helps you track your walks and runs, as well as calories burned.

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Diet and exerciseMon, 13 Aug 2012 17:47:00 GMT
Exercise experts http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/diet-and-exercise/fitness-and-gyms/exercise-experts.aspx

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

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Diet and exerciseMon, 23 Jul 2012 09:34:00 GMT
CHOICE supermarket special http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/supermarkets/supermarket-private-labels-and-homebrand-products.aspx

The supermarket price war has hit the headlines again today, with more stories of suppliers being squeezed by the big two.

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Food and drinkFri, 06 Jul 2012 10:29:00 GMT
Toothpaste marketing http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/beauty-and-personal-care/dental-care/Toothpaste.aspx

We've looked at 17 toothpastes, and spoken to dental experts to find out if there's any truth to the marketing claims.

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Beauty and personal careTue, 03 Jul 2012 17:07:00 GMT
Philips AirFloss first look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/beauty-and-personal-care/dental-care/Philips-AirFloss-first-look.aspx

Philips have introduced the Sonicare AirFloss, designed to make flossing easier.

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Beauty and personal careMon, 02 Jul 2012 10:34:00 GMT
Online health tests http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/general-health/conditions/E-diagnosis.aspx

We've selected online health tests from reputable sources to help determine your current health status and future health risks.

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General healthFri, 22 Jun 2012 09:41:00 GMT
Vegetarian fast food http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/nutrition/Vegetarian-fast-food.aspx

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

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Food and drinkThu, 14 Jun 2012 16:49:00 GMT
Free range egg petition http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/organic-and-free-range/Free-range-egg-petition.aspx

We'd like to thank the 3101 people who signed on to ask the ACCC to reject the Australian Egg Corporation's certification trade mark that would allow a 13-fold increase on the current free-range outdoor stocking density maximum.

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Food and drinkWed, 30 May 2012 16:02:00 GMT
Teeth whitening treatment http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/beauty-and-personal-care/dental-care/teeth-whitening.aspx

With the boom in shopping centre kiosks and beauty salons offering teeth whitening services, we examine the potential risks and benefits.

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Beauty and personal careSun, 20 May 2012 15:41:00 GMT
Supermarket wines http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/supermarkets/Supermarket-liquor-sales.aspx

There’s no easy way for consumers to know who makes their wine, short of searching online or checking the Australian trademark database.

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Food and drinkThu, 17 May 2012 09:42:00 GMT
Cake mix reviews http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/groceries/cake-mixes-review-and-compare.aspx

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

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Food and drinkWed, 09 May 2012 16:09:00 GMT
Diabetes http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/general-health/conditions/diabetes.aspx

We look at the different types of diabetes, as well as pre-diabetes, and the latest research into causes and prevention.

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General healthTue, 08 May 2012 14:31:00 GMT
Copyshop http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/supermarkets/copyshop.aspx

We shortlisted four Coles and four Woolworths products that we believe mimic their branded equivalents and asked you to vote. The results are in.

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Food and drinkTue, 01 May 2012 08:40:00 GMT
Dishing up on cancer http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/general-health/conditions/diet-and-cancer.aspx

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

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General healthThu, 26 Apr 2012 11:15:00 GMT
Frozen fish product reviews http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/groceries/frozen-fish-products-review.aspx

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

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Food and drinkWed, 21 Mar 2012 16:28:00 GMT
Guide to online health advice http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/general-health/conditions/online-health-info.aspx

With colds and flus upon us, who can you trust to give you reliable information online? We give you the low-down.

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General healthWed, 14 Mar 2012 13:48:00 GMT
Hip replacement surgery http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/general-health/therapies/hip-replacement-surgery.aspx

Given the recall of faulty hip replacement devices implanted in thousands of patients, we tell you what you need to know before surgery.

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General healthFri, 09 Mar 2012 16:46:00 GMT
Diet clinic shadow shop http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/diet-and-exercise/weight-loss/diet-clinic-shadow-shop.aspx

We put diet programs from Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, Cohen's Lifestyle Clinic, and Weight Control Doctor under the microscope.

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Diet and exerciseTue, 06 Mar 2012 17:21:00 GMT
Mental health professionals http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/general-health/health-practitioners/mental-health-therapists.aspx

Mental health therapists can help people with problems ranging from depression, anxiety or grief to schizophrenia and other psychoses.

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General healthMon, 13 Feb 2012 11:29:00 GMT
Salad dressing reviews http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/groceries/salad-dressings-review-and-compare.aspx

CHOICE reviews prepared French, Italian and Caesar salad dressings for nutrition and taste.

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Food and drinkWed, 01 Feb 2012 15:33:00 GMT
Cider taste test http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/alcohol/cider-review.aspx

Whether you’re after sweet, sparkling, English-style or other, there’s a cider out there for everyone, as results of our blind taste test show.

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Food and drinkTue, 31 Jan 2012 16:30:00 GMT
Vitamin D deficiency http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/general-health/conditions/vitamin-d-deficiency.aspx

Vitamin D deficiency has been described as a pandemic. We explain if you're at risk, and what you can do to get enough.

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General healthWed, 18 Jan 2012 13:50:00 GMT
New Year resolution traps http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/general-health/health-myths/new-year-resolutions.aspx

We look at common New Year resolutions such as joining the gym, giving up smoking or saving money.

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General healthWed, 04 Jan 2012 10:56:00 GMT
Sustainable seafood labelling http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/labelling-and-advertising/sustainability/sustainable-seafood.aspx

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

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Labelling and advertisingTue, 20 Dec 2011 10:46:00 GMT
The rise of dental tourism http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/general-health/travel-health/dental-tourism.aspx

Australian consumers are increasingly looking to overseas dental treatment in order to save money on their dental bills.

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General healthMon, 21 Nov 2011 09:10:00 GMT
Does compression sportswear work? http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/diet-and-exercise/exercise-equipment/compression-sports-wear.aspx

Compression sportswear is said to improve performance and and recovery. CHOICE investigates the evidence for these claims.

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Diet and exerciseWed, 09 Nov 2011 14:35:00 GMT
Treating hair loss http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/beauty-and-personal-care/hair-care/hair-loss-treatment.aspx

Hair loss powers an industry with more than its fair share of sharks, so caveat emptor!

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Beauty and personal careTue, 01 Nov 2011 11:48:00 GMT
Low-fat dessert reviews http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/groceries/low-fat-desserts-review-and-compare.aspx

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

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Food and drinkThu, 06 Oct 2011 08:30:00 GMT
Truth in food labelling http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/labelling-and-advertising/nutritional-labelling/selective-labelling.aspx

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.

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Labelling and advertisingThu, 15 Sep 2011 11:07:00 GMT
Fighting dementia http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/general-health/conditions/dementia.aspx

Dementia is the single greatest cause of disability in Australians aged 65 years or older. It's predicted that by 2050 it will affect one million Australians.

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General healthThu, 01 Sep 2011 14:19:00 GMT
Pregnancy multivitamins http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/general-health/medicines/pregnancy-multivitamin-supplements.aspx

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

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General healthThu, 01 Sep 2011 09:30:00 GMT
Sleep deprivation http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/general-health/conditions/sleep-deprivation.aspx

As Australians adopt busier lifestyles, we’re also becoming more sleep deprived. CHOICE outlines why you may need more zzzzs.

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General healthThu, 11 Aug 2011 09:30:00 GMT
Natural hair dye http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/beauty-and-personal-care/hair-care/natural-hair-dye.aspx

They have a higher price tag, but is there any benefit to buying “natural” or “organic” hair dyes? CHOICE investigates the ingredients.

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Beauty and personal careFri, 29 Jul 2011 11:02:00 GMT
Medical imaging http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/general-health/health-practitioners/medical-imaging.aspx

From radiation risks to gap payments, CHOICE explores answers the questions about imaging technologies, including x-rays and CTs.

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General healthThu, 07 Jul 2011 11:14:00 GMT
Probiotics http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/nutrition/probiotics.aspx

"Good" bacteria, long used as starter cultures for yoghurts and fermented dairy drinks, are now in high consumer demand, particularly probiotics.

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Food and drinkWed, 06 Jul 2011 10:08:00 GMT
Alternative diagnostics http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/general-health/therapies/dodgy-diagnostics.aspx

Some diagnostic tests offered by natural therapists are unreliable or just plain nonsense. CHOICE investigates some common ones.

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General healthWed, 29 Jun 2011 12:16:00 GMT
SensaSlim puts TGA on hold http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/diet-and-exercise/weight-loss/sensaslim-sues-ken-harvey.aspx

A behind-the-scenes look at the defamation lawsuit by SensaSlim against consumer-health advocate Dr Ken Harvey reveals a deep flaw in TGA regulations.

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Diet and exerciseTue, 21 Jun 2011 12:15:00 GMT
Better chemical regulation http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/general-health/safety/apvma-wwf.aspx

More than 80 chemicals and pesticides no longer registered for use in Europe are available for every day agricultural and veterinary use in Australia.

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General healthFri, 17 Jun 2011 16:03:00 GMT
Garmin Approach S1 GPS Golf watch http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/diet-and-exercise/exercise-equipment/gps-golf-watch.aspx

The Garmin Approach S1 Golf GPS watch could help shave some strokes off your handicap as well as speed up your play.

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Diet and exerciseWed, 15 Jun 2011 15:28:00 GMT
Surviving fast food http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/nutrition/Fast-food-survival-guide-2011.aspx

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.

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Food and drinkTue, 07 Jun 2011 15:13:00 GMT
Savoury snacks http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/groceries/savoury-snacks.aspx

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

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Food and drinkFri, 13 May 2011 12:57:00 GMT
Country of origin labelling http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/labelling-and-advertising/nutritional-labelling/country-of-origin-labelling-survey-results.aspx

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?

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Labelling and advertisingTue, 10 May 2011 15:53:00 GMT
Weight loss pills http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/diet-and-exercise/weight-loss/weight-loss-pills.aspx

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

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Diet and exerciseMon, 02 May 2011 11:04:00 GMT
Travel vaccinations http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/general-health/travel-health/travel-vaccinations.aspx

If you're travelling off the beaten track, you need the right advice on travel vaccinations.

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General healthWed, 13 Apr 2011 14:28:00 GMT
Meat substitutes http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/groceries/vegetarian-meat-substitutes.aspx

CHOICE put a handful of vegetarian meat substitutes to the test, rating both nutritional value and taste.

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Food and drinkMon, 11 Apr 2011 13:31:00 GMT
Hot cross buns http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/groceries/hot-cross-buns-review-and-compare.aspx

Our tasters gave us their verdict on fruit, fruit-free and choc chip varieties.

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Food and drinkWed, 06 Apr 2011 17:23:00 GMT
CHOICE Awards 2011: Best Restaurant Hygiene Rating Scheme http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/safety/choice-awards-2011-best-restaurant-hygiene-rating-scheme.aspx

Food safety is vital for consumers and some organisations are making sure people know which businesses are safest for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Food and drinkThu, 31 Mar 2011 16:49:00 GMT
Fennel salad http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/salads/fennel-salad.aspx

A delicious salad that quick and easy to make.

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Cook's CHOICEWed, 02 Mar 2011 15:57:00 GMT
Vegetarian bean dip http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/sides/vegetarian-bean-dip.aspx

A tasty dish that's great for everyone.

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Cook's CHOICEWed, 02 Mar 2011 15:43:00 GMT
BBQ mushrooms http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/sides/bbq-mushrooms.aspx

A tasty recipe for BBQ mushrooms with herbs.

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Cook's CHOICEWed, 02 Mar 2011 14:38:00 GMT
Broad bean and haloumi salad http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/salads/broad-bean-and-haloumi-salad.aspx

Try this delicious salad that combines broad beans, haloumi and red capsicum.

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Cook's CHOICEWed, 02 Mar 2011 14:24:00 GMT
Watercress salad http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/salads/watercress-salad.aspx

An accompaniment to any meal.

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Cook's CHOICEWed, 02 Mar 2011 14:13:00 GMT
Sweet snacks http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/groceries/sweet-snacks.aspx

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

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Food and drinkFri, 25 Feb 2011 15:01:00 GMT
Deodorants vs antiperspirants http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/beauty-and-personal-care/cosmetics/antiperspirants.aspx

We address some of the common myths and misconceptions surrounding deodorants and antiperspirants.

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Beauty and personal careTue, 22 Feb 2011 16:39:00 GMT
Valentine's gift guide http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/groceries/chocolate-and-flowers.aspx

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

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Food and drinkFri, 11 Feb 2011 10:08:00 GMT
Ice-cream reviews http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/groceries/ice-cream-review-and-compare.aspx

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

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Food and drinkMon, 31 Jan 2011 09:00:00 GMT
How to cook soft bacon http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/how to/how-to-cook-soft-bacon.aspx

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

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Cook's CHOICEFri, 21 Jan 2011 10:26:00 GMT
Weight loss myths http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/diet-and-exercise/weight-loss/weight-loss-myths.aspx

CHOICE looks at problematic myths and misconceptions, as identified by our in-house experts and a survey of professionals.

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Diet and exerciseThu, 20 Jan 2011 14:49:00 GMT
CHOICE summer guide http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/diet-and-exercise/weight-loss/choice-summer-guide.aspx

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

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Diet and exerciseThu, 20 Jan 2011 13:22:00 GMT
Eggplant and mushroom pasta http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/pasta and rice/eggplant-and-mushroom-pasta.aspx

Eggplant and mushroom pasta with a touch of cinnamon, topped with parmasan cheese.

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Cook's CHOICEFri, 14 Jan 2011 10:34:00 GMT
Vitamin enhanced water http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/beverages/vitamin-enhanced-waters.aspx

For drinks that are essentially cordials with added vitamins, “nutrient-enhanced waters” are making a splash.

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Food and drinkFri, 07 Jan 2011 09:47:00 GMT
Fresh food tricks http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/groceries/fresh-food.aspx

Can you call apples that are nine months old truly fresh?

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Food and drinkTue, 30 Nov 2010 09:32:00 GMT
Organic and fairtrade chocolate http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/organic-and-free-range/fairtrade-chocolates.aspx

We put 11 brands to the taste test.

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Food and drinkFri, 19 Nov 2010 10:11:00 GMT
Mixed nuts http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/groceries/mixed-nuts.aspx

Not all nuts are equal when it comes to nutrition. CHOICE explains what makes them good for us.

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Food and drinkThu, 18 Nov 2010 16:12:00 GMT
Cheese reviews http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/groceries/cheese-review-and-compare.aspx

CHOICE compares and reviews a range of bries, blues, camemberts and cheddars to find out which brands impress.

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Food and drinkFri, 05 Nov 2010 13:44:00 GMT
Oven roasted chicken http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/savoury/oven-roasted-chicken.aspx

Herbs add the final touch to your oven roasted chicken

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Cook's CHOICEThu, 04 Nov 2010 14:38:00 GMT
Blood orange pistachio cake http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/sweets/blood-orange-pistachio-cake.aspx

Bake up a treat using blood oranges and pistachios

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Cook's CHOICEThu, 04 Nov 2010 13:41:00 GMT
Barbecue chicken http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/savoury/barbecue-chicken.aspx

Use your barbecue this summer to cook a whole chicken

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Cook's CHOICEThu, 04 Nov 2010 13:23:00 GMT
Depression http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/general-health/conditions/depression.aspx

Fortunately, a range of effective and affordable treatments is available, ranging from talking therapies to certain drugs, and may be more affordable than you imagine.

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General healthFri, 15 Oct 2010 10:15:00 GMT
CHOICE wine picks http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/alcohol/best-wines.aspx

CHOICE's wine experts rated popular red and white wines and tell you their favourites.

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Food and drinkWed, 13 Oct 2010 14:10:00 GMT
Hidden salt http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/nutrition/salt.aspx

Australia’s salt habit is costing the nation much more than the in-store price tag. But will binning our salt shakers solve the problem?

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Food and drinkMon, 11 Oct 2010 15:02:00 GMT
Omega 3 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/nutrition/omega-3s.aspx

Omega-3s in our diet can prevent cardiovascular disease and may even protect against arthritis, mental decline and Alzheimer’s disease.

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Food and drinkWed, 06 Oct 2010 11:23:00 GMT
Turkey Schnitzel http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/savoury/turkey-schnitzel.aspx

Delicious turkey schnitzel but the process can be used for chicken or pork.

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Cook's CHOICEFri, 17 Sep 2010 14:09:00 GMT
BPA in canned foods http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/safety/bpa-in-canned-foods.aspx

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

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Food and drinkWed, 01 Sep 2010 15:17:00 GMT
Lentil and Bacon Soup http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/soups/lentil-and-bacon-soup.aspx

A hearty winter soup for those cold evenings, this lentil soup goes down a treat.

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Cook's CHOICEFri, 13 Aug 2010 09:14:00 GMT
Passionfruit sponge http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/sweets/passionfruit-sponge.aspx

A sweet cake made with sponge, passionfruit and icing sugar. <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICEFri, 13 Aug 2010 09:05:00 GMT
Salmon patties http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/seafood/salmon-patties.aspx

Using our celeriac or parsnip mash, these winter goodies are a perfect main or side.

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Cook's CHOICEFri, 13 Aug 2010 08:58:00 GMT
Tuna Mush http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/seafood/tuna-mush.aspx

A delicious side dish incorporating tuna, egg and mayonnaise.

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Cook's CHOICEFri, 13 Aug 2010 08:42:00 GMT
Choosing the right cooking oil http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/groceries/cooking-oils.aspx

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

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Food and drinkMon, 09 Aug 2010 12:12:00 GMT
The Hard Word July 2010 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/labelling-and-advertising/marketing/the-hard-word-july-2010.aspx

Puzzle over a massive jigsaw, contemplate giant baby faces and home cooking with a chemistry set.

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Labelling and advertisingWed, 28 Jul 2010 16:23:00 GMT
Shampoo user trial http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/beauty-and-personal-care/hair-care/shampoo-user-trial.aspx

Our 41 volunteer testers tried 11 supermarket brands, costing between $5 and $16 per bottle.

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Beauty and personal careWed, 14 Jul 2010 15:37:00 GMT
Spaghetti vongole http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/pasta and rice/spaghetti-vongole-with-clams.aspx

Savoury clam and pancetta pasta dish which can be made with linguini or spaghetti.

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Cook's CHOICEWed, 07 Jul 2010 16:25:00 GMT
Bechamel Sauce http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/sides/bechamel-sauce.aspx

A tasty and handy sauce to go with different dishes like lasagna and au gratin <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICETue, 06 Jul 2010 10:13:00 GMT
Asian-style chicken noodle soup http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/soups/asian-style-chicken-noodle-soup.aspx

A tangy and slightly hot chicken noodle soup. <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICEMon, 05 Jul 2010 15:24:00 GMT
Pineapple and passion fruit cheesecake http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/sweets/pineapple-and-passion-fruit-cheesecake.aspx

A tasty cheesecake using pineapple and passionfruit - this recipe is enough for two, so you can pop one in the freezer for later.

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Cook's CHOICEMon, 05 Jul 2010 13:49:00 GMT
Scrambled eggs http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/breakfast/scrambled-eggs-gene.aspx

A delicious traditional or creamy scrambled eggs.

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Cook's CHOICEMon, 05 Jul 2010 13:38:00 GMT
Mushy peas http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/sides/mushy-peas.aspx

Mushy peas can accentuate an already savoury dish with more flavour <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICEMon, 05 Jul 2010 13:10:00 GMT
How to make an Omelette http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/how to/how-to-make-an-omelette.aspx

A simple and easy way to make an omlette <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICEThu, 01 Jul 2010 10:40:00 GMT
Carrots in Red Wine http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/sides/carrots-in-red-wine.aspx

A CHOICE recipe for tangy balsamic and red wine carrots <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICEThu, 01 Jul 2010 09:32:00 GMT
Pan Fried Whiting with Lemon Butter http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/seafood/pan-fried-whiting-with-lemon-butter.aspx

A herbed butter akes this fish recipe delicious with tangy lemon <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICEWed, 30 Jun 2010 15:10:00 GMT
How to Cook Leather Jacket http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/how to/how-to-cook-leather-jacket.aspx

A simple and delicious way to cook Leather Jacket fish <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICEWed, 30 Jun 2010 14:34:00 GMT
How to Cook Flathead Fillet http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/how to/how-to-cook-flathead-fillet.aspx

CHOICE shows you how to cook flathead fillets <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICEWed, 30 Jun 2010 14:25:00 GMT
How to cook pasta http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/how to/how-to-cook-pasta.aspx

CHOICE teaches you the basic steps to cooking pasta

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Cook's CHOICEWed, 30 Jun 2010 13:03:00 GMT
Guacamole http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/sides/guacamole.aspx

A classic recipe, reloaded with fantastic flavour, try it out. <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICEFri, 25 Jun 2010 16:02:00 GMT
Broad bean pasta http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/pasta and rice/broad-bean-pasta.aspx

Using broad beans to make a great pasta dish.

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Cook's CHOICEFri, 25 Jun 2010 15:47:00 GMT
Roasted beetroot spinach and mint salad http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/salads/roasted-beetroot-spinach-and-mint-salad.aspx

Ingredients that may not often go together makes a great salad <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICEFri, 25 Jun 2010 15:37:00 GMT
How to roast beetroot http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/how to/how-to-roast-beetroot.aspx

A complex root vegetable is simplified via this recipe <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICEFri, 25 Jun 2010 15:27:00 GMT
Potato bake recipe http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/sides/potato-bake.aspx

Six ingredients - definitely simple and very tasty - creamy potato bake. <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICEThu, 24 Jun 2010 16:20:00 GMT
Pavlova http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/sweets/pavlova.aspx

Our national dessert, with coming back for more results . <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICEThu, 24 Jun 2010 16:09:00 GMT
Salsa http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/sides/salsa.aspx

A tasty fresh side for guacamole and other dishes <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICEThu, 24 Jun 2010 16:00:00 GMT
How to slow cook pan fried Duck http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/how to/how-to-slow-cook-pan-fried-duck-breast.aspx

This simple recipe shows how to cook duck breast in a pan with a minimum of fuss. <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICEThu, 24 Jun 2010 15:55:00 GMT
Cauliflower au gratin http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/sides/cauliflower-au-gratin.aspx

Quick and easy way to make cauliflower very tasty. <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICEThu, 24 Jun 2010 15:20:00 GMT
Curry vegetable and chicken soup http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/soups/indian-vegetable-and-chicken-soup.aspx

A delightful combination of chicken and spices create a hearty soup <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICEThu, 24 Jun 2010 15:10:00 GMT
Mushroom pasta with sage http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/pasta and rice/mushroom-pasta-with-sage.aspx

A tasty mushroom pasta with a hint of sage. <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICEThu, 24 Jun 2010 14:59:00 GMT
Prawns in champagne http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/seafood/prawns-in-champagne.aspx

This unusual and rather hedonistic combination works with a great result <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICEThu, 24 Jun 2010 14:49:00 GMT
Radish and feta dip http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/salads/radish-and-feta-salad.aspx

Sliced radish used to eat this feta dip adds a fresh taste. <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICEThu, 24 Jun 2010 14:40:00 GMT
How to Cook oven Baked Duck Breast http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/how to/how-to-cook-oven-baked-duck-breast.aspx

A delicious recipe on how to oven cook duck breast. <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICEThu, 24 Jun 2010 14:15:00 GMT
How to Cook a Tuna Steak http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/how to/how-to-cook-a-tuna-steak.aspx

A delicious resulting tuna steak using a simple recipe. <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICEThu, 24 Jun 2010 14:07:00 GMT
Chicken corn and brussel sprout soup http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/soups/chicken-corn-and-brussel-sprout-soup.aspx

An oft-maligned vegetable makes the core of this delicious soup <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICEThu, 24 Jun 2010 13:31:00 GMT
Parsnip mash http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/sides/parsnip-mash.aspx

Instead of potato, why not parsnip? Just as tasty with a hint of sage.<br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICEThu, 24 Jun 2010 13:23:00 GMT
How to Cook a Soft Boiled Egg http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/how to/how-to-cook-a-soft-boiled-egg.aspx

Breakfast never loooked so good. <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICEThu, 24 Jun 2010 13:18:00 GMT
Mushroom risotto http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/pasta and rice/mushroom-risotto.aspx

Delicious recipe for pine mushroom risotto and white wine. <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICEThu, 24 Jun 2010 13:13:00 GMT
How to Cook a Partially Poached Egg http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/how to/how-to-cook-a-partially-poached-egg.aspx

Perfect for soaking up the yolk with your toast. <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICEThu, 24 Jun 2010 13:10:00 GMT
How to Cook a Hard Boiled Egg http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/how to/how-to-cook-a-hard-boiled-egg.aspx

The perfect way to cook a hard boiled egg. <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICEThu, 24 Jun 2010 13:02:00 GMT
Passionfruit butter http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/sweets/passionfruit-butter.aspx

A great accompaniment to scones, sponge cake or as a spread on toast. <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICEThu, 24 Jun 2010 13:01:00 GMT
How to Cook a Salmon Fillet http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/how to/how-to-cook-a-salmon-fillet.aspx

A CHOICE Recipe to cook the perfect salmon fillet. <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICEThu, 24 Jun 2010 12:38:00 GMT
Vanilla honey cream http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/sweets/vanilla-honey-cream.aspx

Simple to make, this can make a perfect dessert even better <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICEThu, 24 Jun 2010 12:34:00 GMT
Potato and leek soup http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/soups/potato-and-leek-soup.aspx

An easy to make, thick and tasty, potato and leek soup <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICEThu, 24 Jun 2010 12:24:00 GMT
How to cook lamb fillet http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/how to/how-to-cook-lamb-fillet.aspx

How to cook a delicious lamb fillet. <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICEThu, 24 Jun 2010 12:05:00 GMT
French onion soup http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/soups/french-onion-soup.aspx

A hearty version of the classic french onion soup, incorporating all the goodness you know and love <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICEThu, 24 Jun 2010 11:57:00 GMT
Pea and ham soup http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/soups/pea-and-ham-soup.aspx

A thick and tasty pea and ham soup <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICEThu, 24 Jun 2010 11:43:00 GMT
Stay slim strategies http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/diet-and-exercise/weight-loss/stay-slim-strategies.aspx

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

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Diet and exerciseTue, 22 Jun 2010 10:40:00 GMT
Dental decay http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/beauty-and-personal-care/dental-care/dental-decay.aspx

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

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Beauty and personal careMon, 21 Jun 2010 10:51:00 GMT
Moroccan Pumpkin http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/sides/moroccan-pumpkin.aspx

A hearty dish, using coriander to complement the taste of pumpkin <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICEWed, 09 Jun 2010 09:17:00 GMT
Moroccan Cauliflower and Potatoes http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/sides/moroccan-cauliflower-and-potatoes.aspx

Your house will smell great with this combination spices <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICEWed, 09 Jun 2010 09:13:00 GMT
Mexican Beans and Rice http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/pasta and rice/mexican-beans-and-rice.aspx

A rich and spicy vegetarian meal of Mexican Beans and Rice. <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICEWed, 09 Jun 2010 09:07:00 GMT
Meringue Recipe http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/sweets/meringues.aspx

The base for pavlova and many other recipes <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICETue, 08 Jun 2010 15:56:00 GMT
Potato and tomato salad http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/salads/potato-and-tomato-salad.aspx

The classic potato salad with a different companion. <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICETue, 08 Jun 2010 15:50:00 GMT
Roasted carrots with thyme http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/sides/roasted-carrots-with-thyme.aspx

Simple and naturally sweet, this recipe is a great partner. <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICETue, 08 Jun 2010 15:35:00 GMT
Lemongrass Lemonade http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/sweets/lemongrass-lemonade.aspx

Refreshingly summer, try it out and have more ready <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICETue, 08 Jun 2010 15:06:00 GMT
Irish Mashed Potato http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/sides/irish-mashed-potato.aspx

With a little spring onion, this recipe adds a slant on traditional mash <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICETue, 08 Jun 2010 15:01:00 GMT
Rocky road recipe http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/sweets/rocky-road.aspx

Treat your sweet tooth with our tasty rocky road. <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICETue, 08 Jun 2010 14:57:00 GMT
Potato Mash http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/sides/green-and-gold-potato-mash.aspx

CHOICE recipe for an alternative to your standard mash potato. <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICETue, 08 Jun 2010 14:53:00 GMT
Scones http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/sweets/scones.aspx

Puns aside, these are simple and delicious. <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICETue, 08 Jun 2010 14:38:00 GMT
Egg and Dill Salad http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/salads/egg-and-dill-salad.aspx

A savoury salad or dip, either way it tastes great <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICETue, 08 Jun 2010 14:28:00 GMT
Chicken Stock http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/soups/chicken-stock.aspx

The simple base ingredient for thousands of meals <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICETue, 08 Jun 2010 14:02:00 GMT
Asian scrambled eggs http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/sides/asian-scrambled-eggs.aspx

An alternative to authentic scrambled eggs that can be served with dinner. <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICETue, 08 Jun 2010 13:57:00 GMT
Chicken Vegetable and Pasta Soup http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/soups/chicken-vegetable-and-pasta-soup.aspx

The pasta in this chicken and vegetable soup adds just that little bit of texture that makes it great. <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICETue, 08 Jun 2010 13:55:00 GMT
Cauliflower soup http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/soups/cauliflower-soup.aspx

The blending of cauliflower and spices creates a great dish. <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICETue, 08 Jun 2010 12:46:00 GMT
Cabbage Salad with Red onion and Capsicum http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/salads/cabbage-salad-with-red-onion-and-capsicum.aspx

Lemon zest adds zing to these common ingredients, making a great salad <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICETue, 08 Jun 2010 12:31:00 GMT
Turkey meat balls http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/savoury/turkey-meat-balls.aspx

Turkey meat makes the core of this tasty recipe, with spices creating the delicious flavour <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICETue, 08 Jun 2010 12:11:00 GMT
Spaghetti bolognese http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/pasta and rice/spaghetti-bolognese.aspx

Use the CHOICE recipe for bolognese sauce to serve with your choice of pasta. <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICETue, 08 Jun 2010 12:05:00 GMT
Watermelon with kaffir lime syrup http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/sweets/watermelon-with-kaffir-lime-syrup.aspx

Refreshing kaffir lime syrup to drizzle on your watermelon on a hot summers day. <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICETue, 08 Jun 2010 11:50:00 GMT
Baked Potato http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/sides/baked-potato.aspx

A CHOICE recipe for delicious potatoes, ready for your topping of CHOICE. <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICETue, 08 Jun 2010 11:30:00 GMT
Zucchini mint and feta salad http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/salads/zucchini-mint-and-feta-salad.aspx

Using zuchini in a salad, adding feta and mint for that special flavour <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICETue, 08 Jun 2010 11:21:00 GMT
Avocado Salad http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/salads/avocado-salad.aspx

Avocado lovers rejoice, a salad that's creamy and tangy. <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICETue, 08 Jun 2010 10:45:00 GMT
Egg and bacon pasta http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/pasta and rice/egg-and-bacon-pasta.aspx

CHOICE recipe egg and bacon pasta that's quick and easy. <br /> <br /> <br />

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Cook's CHOICETue, 08 Jun 2010 10:40:00 GMT
Discount medicines http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/general-health/medicines/discount-medicines.aspx

Our CHOICE price comparison shows dramatic savings on both prescription and non-prescription medicines, depending on which pharmacy you shop at.

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General healthThu, 03 Jun 2010 15:46:00 GMT
Homemade meat pies http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/cooks-choice/savoury/homemade-meat-pies.aspx

The beauty of making your own meat pie is that you have control over what's going in.

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Cook's CHOICEMon, 31 May 2010 09:21:00 GMT
The truth about meat pies http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/groceries/meat-pies-review-and-compare.aspx

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

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Food and drinkTue, 18 May 2010 10:55:00 GMT
Multigrain bread reviews http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/groceries/multigrain-bread-review-and-compare.aspx

We size up the main varieties you'll find at your supermarket.

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Food and drinkThu, 06 May 2010 14:52:00 GMT
Sweeteners http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/nutrition/sweeteners.aspx

In the past half-century we’ve increasingly sweetened our food supply. But are we eating too much sugar and is it affecting our health?

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Food and drinkThu, 22 Apr 2010 15:03:00 GMT
Screening tests http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/general-health/safety/screening tests.aspx

To help decide which tests are worth taking, it's helpful to understand the criteria the public health system uses to assess possible screening tests. Many tests detect diseases before your symptoms occur.

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General healthWed, 31 Mar 2010 11:15:00 GMT
The Hard Word - March 2010 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/labelling-and-advertising/marketing/the-hard-word-mar-2010.aspx

Unit pricing gone mad, bottom humour and tasty pizza packaging.

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Labelling and advertisingWed, 24 Mar 2010 17:27:00 GMT
Pizza reviews http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/groceries/pizzas-review-and-compare.aspx

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.

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Food and drinkMon, 15 Mar 2010 14:20:00 GMT
Doctor/patient relationships http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/general-health/health-practitioners/doctor-patient-relationship.aspx

Had a lousy experience with a doctor? We look at some of the main bugbears and doctors' patient-from-hell stories.

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General healthWed, 10 Mar 2010 09:30:00 GMT
Pesticides in imported vegetables http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/safety/pesticides-in-imported-vegetables.aspx

Our random test of common canned and frozen vegetables showed little cause for concern.

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Food and drinkFri, 05 Mar 2010 15:04:00 GMT
Grocery shopping online http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/groceries/grocery-shopping-online.aspx

The online market is dominated by Coles and Woolworths. We review their offering and highlight some of the smaller players.

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Food and drinkThu, 04 Mar 2010 09:37:00 GMT
Food endorsement programs http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/labelling-and-advertising/sustainability/food-endorsement-programs.aspx

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

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Labelling and advertisingTue, 02 Mar 2010 10:25:00 GMT
The Hard Word February 2010 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/labelling-and-advertising/marketing/the-hard-word-feb-2010.aspx

Do-it-yourself plastic surgery, the perfect bed for visiting in-laws, and a cure for sausage fingers.

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Labelling and advertisingFri, 19 Feb 2010 12:15:00 GMT
Genetically modified food risks http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/safety/gm-food.aspx

Are GM crops jeopardising the safety and security of our food supply?

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Food and drinkWed, 17 Feb 2010 13:17:00 GMT
Supermarket ready meals http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/groceries/supermarket-ready-meals.aspx

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

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Food and drinkWed, 03 Feb 2010 15:29:00 GMT
The Hard Word - January 2010 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/labelling-and-advertising/marketing/the-hard-word-jan-2010.aspx

An honest clairvoyant, a murderous driving school and a cash prize that falls a little short.

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Labelling and advertisingThu, 21 Jan 2010 09:22:00 GMT
Gastric banding http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/diet-and-exercise/weight-loss/weight-loss-surgery.aspx

Gastric banding is promoted as a safe, easy and effective way for obese people to lose weight. CHOICE investigates the claims.

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Diet and exerciseTue, 19 Jan 2010 17:06:00 GMT
The Hard Word - Dec 2009 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/labelling-and-advertising/marketing/the-hard-word-dec-2009.aspx

McDonalds, tattoos and traces of nuts feature in this pilot for our new series.

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Labelling and advertisingMon, 21 Dec 2009 12:35:00 GMT
Shrink watch http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/labelling-and-advertising/marketing/shrinking-sizes.aspx

Let us know your additions to the list so we can investigate further.

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Labelling and advertisingWed, 16 Dec 2009 12:14:00 GMT
Health Reader http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/groceries/health reader.aspx

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Food and drinkTue, 15 Dec 2009 14:32:00 GMT
Body fat scales reviews http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/diet-and-exercise/weight-loss/body-fat-scales-review-and-compare.aspx

We tested 12 bathroom scales that measure body fat percentage as well as weight. But can they make you appear healthier than you really are?

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Diet and exerciseThu, 10 Dec 2009 11:36:00 GMT
Supermarket price survey 2009 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/supermarkets/supermarket-price-survey-2009.aspx

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.

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Food and drinkThu, 26 Nov 2009 13:12:00 GMT
Home gym on a shoestring http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/diet-and-exercise/exercise-equipment/cheap-home-gym.aspx

Think you need lots of space and money to set up an effective home gym? CHOICE's shopping list of equipment comes in at about $100.

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Diet and exerciseWed, 25 Nov 2009 09:37:00 GMT
Heart rate monitor reviews http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/diet-and-exercise/exercise-equipment/heart-rate-monitors review and compare.aspx

Choice tested 19 heart rate monitors for ease of use and performance, priced between $30 and $399.

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Diet and exerciseThu, 12 Nov 2009 09:48:00 GMT
Picking the right tomato http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/groceries/tomatoes.aspx

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.

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Food and drinkWed, 07 Oct 2009 16:12:00 GMT
Milk products review http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/beverages/milk-products-compared-2009.aspx

CHOICE has skimmed off the marketing hype and found that generic brands of milk are much the same as the equivalent big national brands.

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Food and drinkThu, 10 Sep 2009 10:35:00 GMT
Antiperspirant and deodorant user trial http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/beauty-and-personal-care/cosmetics/deodorants-user-trial.aspx

For thousands of years humans have tried to disguise, cover or eliminate personal smells through the use of perfumes, scented oils and crystals.

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Beauty and personal careMon, 23 Jun 2008 15:34:00 GMT
Food to lower your cholesterol http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/nutrition/food-to-lower-your-cholesterol.aspx

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.

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Food and drinkFri, 14 Mar 2008 14:24:00 GMT
Low-fat yoghurt http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/nutrition/low-fat-yoghurt.aspx

Lots of yoghurts with a 'lite' or 'low fat' claim contain so much sugar you’d be eating more kilojoules than in a full-fat yoghurt.

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Food and drinkTue, 15 May 2007 14:15:00 GMT
Choosing a nursing home guide http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/general-health/health-practitioners/nursing-homes.aspx

Most of us don’t want to think about nursing home care while we’re still relatively healthy and independent; we tend to leave it until an emergency forces us to face the issue, utterly unprepared.

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General healthTue, 22 Aug 2006 16:10:00 GMT