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Friday, 3 December 1976


Mr Lloyd asked the Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs, upon notice:

(   1 ) What action is being taken to correct untrue and misleading labelling and advertising of table margarine.

(2)   What co-ordination is there between his Depanment and the National Health and Medical Research Council on this matter.


Mr Howard -The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The Trade Practices Commission has investigated a number of particular complaints of untrue and misleading labelling and advertising of table margarine to see whether any action should be taken under the consumer protection provisions of the Trade Practices Act prohibiting misleading, deceptive or other specified conduct in advertising.

In some cases the claims have been found not to be false or misleading in terms of the Trade Practices Act. In other cases the action taken by the Commission has resulted in claims being altered or discontinued.

(   2 ) The Department of Business and Consumer Affairs cooperates regularly with the National Health and Medical Research Council on matters of mutual interest. However, this co-operation does not extend to examining particular cases of alleged false or misleading advertising of table margarine. Examination of these allegations is the responsibility of the Trade Practices Commission. The Commission would consult with the National Health and Medical Research Council, if appropriate, during its investigations of particular complaints.







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