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Heinz ordered to establish ACL compliance program

The Federal Court has ordered Heinz to establish an Australian Consumer law Compliance program.

Last week, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) announced that the Federal court ordered H.J. Heinz company to pay $2.25 million for misleading health claims on Little Kid Shredz.

“The Heinz Group is one of the largest food companies in the world. We will continue to advocate for stronger penalties to deter large companies from engaging in serious contraventions of Australia’s consumer laws, particularly now that Parliament has passed legislation substantially increasing the maximum penalties for breaches of the ACL,” ACCC Chair Rod Sims said.

This comes after the announcement that the penalties for breaching the ACL will rise.

“The ACCC wants to ensure that penalties for breaches of the consumer law are large enough to get the attention of the financial markets, boards, and senior management."

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