Herb was not what it was claimed to be

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AMAJOR food sup­plier has been fined al­most $11,000 for try­ing to pass off olive leaves as oregano. The Choice web­site stated the fine came af­ter it tested 12 oregano sam­ples and found only five of them were 100% oregano in April 2016.

The Aus­tralian Com­pe­ti­tion and Con­sumer Com­mis­sion fined Hoyt’s Food $10,800 for mak­ing false or mis­lead­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tions on its Hoyt’s Oregano Leaves Rubbed prod­uct.

The pack­ag­ing of the 25g Hoyt’s Oregano Leaves Rubbed stated it con­tained “oregano leaves” and that “oregano has a strong aro­matic cam­phor like scent”, but test­ing com­mis­sioned by the ACCC in­di­cated about half of the prod­uct con­tained olive leaves. Hoyt’s Food sup­plies its prod­uct to ma­jor re­tail­ers across Aus­tralia. “Sup­pli­ers of food prod­ucts must en­sure the ac­cu­racy of rep­re­sen­ta­tions about the in­gre­di­ents on la­belling and any other pack­ag­ing,” ACCC Com­mis­sioner Sarah Court said.

‘‘ Con­sumers use la­belling on food prod­ucts to make their pur­chas­ing de­ci­sions and are en­ti­tled to ex­pect ac­cu­rate la­belling.

“Con­sumers use la­belling on food prod­ucts to make their pur­chas­ing de­ci­sions and are en­ti­tled to ex­pect ac­cu­rate la­belling.”

The ACCC re­ported that upon be­ing no­ti­fied by the com­mis­sion of its con­cerns, Hoyt’s Food took steps to change its sup­ply ar­range­ments and in­di­cated it would test its oregano prod­ucts in the fu­ture.

The ACCC stated the pay­ment of a fine in an in­fringe­ment no­tice was not an ad­mis­sion of a con­tra­ven­tion of the Aus­tralian Con­sumer Law.

HALF THE OREGANO PROD­UCT C O N TA I N E D O L I V E L E AV E S

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