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ACCC cracks down on misleading oregano labels

oreganoAustralian supermarkets and suppliers have been sprung selling “100 per cent” oregano products padded out with substantial amounts of olive leaves.

The consumer watchdog found both Aldi and Menora – who stock products at Coles, Woolworths and IGA – had falsely claimed their products contained only oregano.

“By labelling their products as ‘Oregano’, both Aldi and Menora represented to consumers that their products contained only oregano. Test results provided to the ACCC identified the substantial presence of olive leaves in both Aldi and Menora’s oregano products,” ACCC chairman Rod Sims said.

“Suppliers of food products have an obligation to ensure ingredients of their products are accurately labelled and should be able to substantiate any representations made on the packaging that they approve.”

Aldi and Menora commited to regularly testing the contents of their products, including other herb and spice products. Smaller suppliers of G Fresh Oregano Leaves Mediterranean, Master of Spices Oregano Leaves and Spice & Co. Oregano Leaves has also agreed to ceasing the supply of oregano products that contain contents other than oregano leaves and will further take steps to confirming the authenticity of their oregano products for future supply.

The ACCC is continuing its investigation into other traders in relation to products labelled as oregano.

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