Dishwasher Tablets: Campaign to Eradicate Products that aren't Squeaky Clean

In a move to protect Australia's waterways and wildlife from algal blooms, the environment pressure group DoSomething today launches a campaign to ban phosphates in automatic dishwasher detergents. All manufacturers have removed the chemical from tablets and powders sold in the US and Europe. However, many products have yet to clean up their act by introducing the phosphate-free formula in Australia.    Source: Tim Barlass, SMH Phosphate free

ACCC Statement on Aldi Flushable Wipes

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission has raised concerns with ALDI regarding its promotion of ALDI Green Action Flushable Bathroom Cleaning Wipes (100pk) in its Special Buys catalogue. The ACCC’s concerns stem from the use of the term ‘flushable’, in particular the concern that such a claim may mislead consumers if the claim cannot be substantiated. The ACCC is already pursuing alleged misleading ‘flushable’ claims more generally, with two proceedings currently before the Federal Court against Pental and Kimberly-Clark Australia Pty Ltd. Part of the ACCC allegations around those two proceedings are the products do not, for example, disintegrate like toilet paper when flushed. The ACCC says Australian water authorities face significant problems when non-suitable products are flushed down the toilet as they contribute to blockages in household and municipal sewerage systems.    Sources: Un-flushable wipes ; Un-flushable wipes 2

RFA Breaking News

Complementary Medicines (“Dietary supplements”):

  TGA Releases Updated Australian Regulatory Guidelines For Complementary Medicines (ARGCM) The Australian Regulatory Guidelines for Complementary Medicines (ARGCM) provide information for manufacturers, sponsors, healthcare professionals and the general public…

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Foods:

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Cosmetics (& Household cleaning products):

NICNAS Calls for Consultation on General Rules, Categorisation Guidelines and Transitional Rules The National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) helps protect the Australian people and the environment by…

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  Nature's Care Sale: Chinese Private Equity Firms Take Majority Stake In Aussie Supplement Brand Two Chinese private equity firms, JIC Investments and Tamar Alliance Fund, have bought a majority…

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Cosmetics (& Household cleaning products):

  False Flush: Company Behind White King 'Flushable Wipes' Fined $700k Pental Limited and Pental Products Pty Ltd is the manufacturer behind White King's "flushable" toilet and bathroom cleaning wipes.…

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