Law & Trade

Woolworths open on food labelling, but industry wary

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The Sydney Morning Herald Online

Australia's biggest food retailer, Woolworths, says it's ready to work with the government to improve food-labelling laws, amid expectations graphics indicating the percentages of Australian and imported content in food will be introduced.

In the wake of the hepatitis A outbreak that has been linked to imported frozen berries, Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane and Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce have been asked to prepare a submission on country-of-origin food-labelling laws for cabinet by the end of March.

McDonald’s Philippines marries value meals with mobile access

McDonald’s Philippines has partnered with mobile services provider Smart Communications in its latest marketing promo to encourage customers to purchase value meals.

Every order of any McDonald’s Value Meal plus fries or sundae comes with a free Smart messaging coupon that gives customers a whole day of unlimited text and unlimited access to mobile chat apps.

Coles, Woolworths urged to sign grocery code of conduct

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The Sydney Morning Herald Online

A grocery industry code of conduct aimed at curbing unfair treatment of suppliers by the major supermarket chains will be enacted within days, more than two years after talks commenced between Coles, Woolworths and the food and grocery industry.

Alibaba’s Ma vows deeper fight against fakes

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Shanghai Daily

There’s still “work to be done” to eradicate fake goods on its e-commerce platform, Alibaba Group Chairman Jack Ma has told the head of the Chinese quality watchdog, as he vowed to devote further efforts to the issue.

 

Metcash accused of unconscionable conduct by supplier

Source: 
The Sydney Morning Herald Online

Less than two months after Coles agreed to settle unconscionable conduct claims, Metcash is embroiled in a legal stoush with a major supplier who has accused the food and liquor distributor of demanding excessive rebates and payments.

COFCO Distributors and Fasttrack Logistics, which are owned by a group of Indonesian businessmen, have accused Metcash of unconscionable conduct and using unfair tactics to force them to hand over more than AUD11 million in rebates and payments over the last six years.

Alibaba wins a battle against China but a war would have a different ending

Source: 
The Sydney Morning Herald Online

Jack Ma, 1. China, 0. That seems to be the score in the unusually public tussle between the Alibaba billionaire and Beijing. Rarely does a mainland magnate push back when the Communist Party questions its business practices and ethics, and certainly not in the glare of the global news media.

But Ma is standing his ground, and the government has toned down its criticism of Alibaba selling fake goods on its e-commerce site.

China to force buyers of computers and phones in Xinjiang to register names

Source: 
The Guardian

Anyone buying a mobile phone or a computer in the restive far-western Chinese region of Xinjiang will have to register their personal details with police, state media reported, in the latest sign of tightening government restrictions.

The measures were designed to “prevent people spreading harmful information and carrying out illegal activities”, the English-language Shanghai Daily reported, citing government officials. 

 

Alibaba, China agree to tackle fakes

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The Wall Street Journal Online

Alibaba claimed vindication in a dispute with a Chinese government agency over alleged sales of fakes and other misdeeds on its sales platforms, after agency officials said the two sides would work together to stamp out counterfeit goods.

 

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Minimart booze ban to be enforced from mid-Apr, Indonesian Trade Ministry says

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Jakarta Globe

A new regulation which bans beers and pre-mixed drinks from being sold in Indonesia's ubiquitous minimarts will be enforced three months from mid-April, Trade Minister Rachmat Gobel said in a press conference on Wednesday.

Gobel said according to the regulation he signed on 16 Jan., the government will ban the sale of beverages with an alcohol content up to 5 percent level, including beers and pre-mixed drinks, in mini-markets, such as Indomaret, Alfamart, Circle K and 7-11.

Amazon Japan says "cooperating" with child porn probe

Source: 
The Malaysian Insider

The Japanese arm of Amazon.com said Tuesday it was "cooperating fully" with a police investigation into the sale of child pornography, after authorities reportedly raided its Tokyo headquarters.

The probe – which comes less than a year after Japan made the possession of child porn illegal – reportedly follows the arrest of two men in September for posting illicit photo books featuring children on the internet retailer's website.

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