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ACCC takes action
By COLIN BETTLES
THE Australian Competition and Consumer
Commission claims the Big Olive Company paid
out for two infringement notices totalling
$13,200 for labelling its products 'extra virgin
olive oil' knowing they did not match the label.
The term was widely understood by
consumers to mean a premium product and
they should be able to trust that what's on the
label is what's in the bottle, the regulatory
body's chairman Rod Sims said.
He said misleading "extra virgin" claims trick
consumers into paying a premium for an
inferior product and traders who abuse the trust
of Australian consumers in this way expose
themselves to enforcement action.
The Big Olive Company is an Australian
company that produces, bottles and supplies
edible oil under a number of brand names
including Oz Olio.
Between December 2010 and March 2011, The
Big Olive Company supplied nearly three
thousand 500 millilitre bottles of Oz Olio oil with
a representation of EVOO on the front label.
The ACCC said although there was no
mandatory standard for EVOO in Australia, it
was widely accepted that it was the highest
grade oil obtained from the first press of the
best quality olives.
The ACCC's action follows complaints from the
Australian Olive Association that that numerous
oils are being sold in Australia as extra virgin
olive oil but don't meet that quality standard.
The ACCC commissioned independent testing
of seven oils, including four imported products
and three domestically produced products.
The ACCC's investigation was focused on
identifying those products which were not extra
virgin olive oil at the time of bottling.
The testing indicated that one batch of Oz Olio
oil was not extra virgin olive oil because it
contained more free fatty acids than permitted
by olive oil trade standards, including the
voluntary Australian standard.
ACCC said a high free fatty acid content
indicates that the olives used to make the oil
were old, damaged or otherwise of poor quality
and the oil was not extra virgin olive oil at the
time of bottling.
The remaining oils tested all had free fatty
acids within the requirements of the standards.
The ACCC said it was also considering broader
concerns raised by the AOA about extra virgin
olive oil claims and the use of other descriptors
of olive oil products.
But the ACCC said it could issue an
infringement notice where it had reasonable
grounds to believe a person has contravened
certain consumer protection laws.
Brown rot hammers yields
in Aust stonefruit crops
Huge yield loss major industry con-
Orchard hygiene critical to reduce
Important for growers to under-
AT A GLANCE
Mr Wilk, based at Wollongbar
Agricultural Institute, said these measures
do not completely prevent the disease
and growers are still dependent on the
targeted application of fungicides for
controlling blossom blight and fruit
infections throughout the season.
"Good management of brown rot
involves integrating orchard sanitation to
reduce disease carry over with well-timed
applications of fungicides for more
effective disease control.
"Weather data collected in orchards is
therefore better for determining when
infection periods may occur.
"By monitoring the infection period in
the orchard the time of fungicide
application and the effectiveness of
control can be improved."
Mr Wilk said other crop and orchard
factors that influence infection risk such
as susceptibility of stonefruit cultivars,
inoculum pressure and early Carpophilus
beetle trapping are also important as
it's "a numbers game".
"The Carpophilus beetle, a major pest
of stone fruit, has been implicated as a
vector of brown rot spores.
"Evidence suggests that controlling
Carpophilus reduces brown rot incidence
"An integrated approach is the way to
go to reduce this problem," he said.
NSW Department of Primary Industries horticulturist Phillip Wilk checking a
data logger for orchard temperature and humidity. Mr Wilk says localised weather data
is very helpful for determining when infection periods may occur.
via Alstonville, Mark
Keane, talks to
during a recent
meeting to address
brown rot disease.
Orchard hygiene is important for
reducing brown rot. Fruit left to over-
winter in the orchard is a source of
infection the following season.
By PHIL BEVAN
is the best solution to control
Brown rot, a major and
increasing disease problem causing more
than $1 million damage to peach and
nectarine crops each year, growers heard
at a recent gathering to target the disease.
"This disease causes yield losses due to
fruit rots pre and post-har vest," New
South Wales Department of Primary
Industries horticulturist Phillip Wilk said.
"Economic losses occur in high disease
pressure years, particularly when there is
tree damage and more so in nectarines
and peaches which are among the most
susceptible of the stonefruit crops."
Mr Wilk said the industr y was looking
for solutions after a series of wet growing
seasons, heavy losses and distant recall of
previous outbreaks before the long
"Orchard hygiene, improved disease
forecasting and Carpophilus beetle
trapping were some of the initiatives
discussed to improve brown rot control
in stone fr uit orchards," he said.
"It is very important for growers to
understand the disease cycle.
"It starts with flower infection, leading
to twig infection, which provides
inoculum for green and ripe fr uit
infections throughout the season.
"The disease is most severe when warm
and wet conditions occur close to har vest.
"Orchard hygiene is critical to reduce
disease carry-over from season to season.
"Spores produced by mummified fruit
which over winter on the ground and in
trees in cankers on twigs are the main the
source of infections.
"So it is important to remove old fr uit
from the orchard floor and pr une out
cankers before spring."
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