A major food supplier has been fined almost $11,000 for trying to pass off olive leaves as oregano.
A major food supplier has been fined almost $11,000 for trying to pass off olive leaves as oregano. dionisvero

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A MAJOR food supplier has been fined almost $11,000 for trying to pass off olive leaves as oregano.

The Choice website stated the fine came after it tested 12 oregano samples and found only five of them were 100% oregano in April 2016.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission fined Hoyt's Food $10,800 for making false or misleading representations on its Hoyt's Oregano Leaves Rubbed product.

The packaging of the 25g Hoyt's Oregano Leaves Rubbed stated it contained "oregano leaves" and that "oregano has a strong aromatic camphor like scent", but testing commissioned by the ACCC indicated about half of the product contained olive leaves.

Hoyt's Food supplies its product to major retailers across Australia.

Hoyt's has been fined for cutting its oregano with olive leaves
Hoyt's has been fined for cutting its oregano with olive leaves

"Suppliers of food products must ensure the accuracy of representations about the ingredients on labelling and any other packaging," ACCC Commissioner Sarah Court said.

"Consumers use labelling on food products to make their purchasing decisions and are entitled to expect accurate labelling."

The ACCC reported that upon being notified by the commission of its concerns, Hoyt's Food took steps to change its supply arrangements and indicated it would test its oregano products in the future.

The ACCC stated the payment of a fine in an infringement notice was not an admission of a contravention of the Australian Consumer Law.


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