ACCC Finds New South Wales Produce Trader to be in Breach of Horticulture Code of Conduct
New South Wales, Australia (News4us.com) February 02, 2011
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has accepted court enforceable undertakings from a New South Wales produce trader.
Galdan Investments Pty Ltd, trading as Tropic Banana Company, has acknowledged it contravened the Horticulture Code of Conduct by trading with growers without horticulture produce agreements and without publically available terms of trade. It also failed to report to growers as required by the code.
The code is a mandatory industry code under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010, which replaced the Trade Practices Act 1974 on 1 January 2011.
The ACCC has accepted undertakings from Galdan, that among other things, it will only trade with growers in horticulture produce where it has code compliant horticulture produce agreements in place and will publish and make publically available the terms on which it is prepared to trade. Galdan will have a DVD produced focusing on the code and its obligations on growers and traders. The DVD will be supplied at no cost to all growers who have traded with Galdan since the code’s inception.
ACCC chairman Graeme Samuel reminded the industry that horticulture produce traders should make all efforts necessary to ensure they comply with the code.
“The code has been in effect for more than three years. The ACCC will not hesitate to act if it has concerns that a trader is not meeting all of its obligations,” he said.
Undertakings register – Galdan Investments Pty Ltd trading as Tropic Banana Company – http://www.accc.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/970046
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