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The ACCC has accepted a court-enforceable undertaking from yoghurt manufacturer MOO Premium Foods Pty Ltd following an investigation into MOO’s “100% ocean plastic” representations on its packaging, website, and social media. MOO had previously claimed that its tubs were made from “100% ocean plastic” (with disclaimers at the back of the packaging) which the ACCC was concerned gave the impression they were made from plastic waste collected directly from the ocean, when this was not the case. MOO admitted in the undertaking it gave the ACCC that the representations likely contravened the Australian Consumer Law, which prohibits false or misleading representations. “Our investigation revealed that the plastic resin used in the manufacture of MOO’s yoghurt packaging was collected from coastal areas in Malaysia, and not directly from the ocean,” ACCC Commissioner Liza Carver said. “It is important that environmental and sustainability claims by businesses are correct as they are a key influence on consumer choices and what people spend their money on.” MOO co-operated with the investigation to promptly resolve the matter and has undertaken to remove the representations from its packaging and internet presence, and committed to publishing corrective notices on its website and social media platforms.

Universal Robots launches new 30-kilogram cobot

The market leader in the collaborative robot category, Universal Robots, has announced that it will add a new unit with a 30-kilogram payload, available for pre-orders now and to begin shipping in Q1 2024. In a statement, the company said its UR30 is the second in its new series of next generation cobots and is built on the same architecture as the UR20, describing it as compact yet offering “extraordinary lift” and superior motion control. The higher payload makes the machine “a great match for material handling and palletizing of heavy products across all industries, with the small footprint enabling it to fit into almost all workspace”. President, Kim Povlsen said, “Industries around the world are embracing more agile manufacturing and modularity in production – part of achieving that modularity and agility is about mobility and this cobot delivers that despite its payload.”

Inaction on fuel standards has cost Australia over $10 billion since 2016, claims Greenpeace

Environmental activist group Greenpeace Australia Pacific has released figures it says show Australian motorists would have saved billions in petrol costs if a fuel efficiency standard had been introduced in 2016, a year the federal government looked at legislating standards but didn’t act. “That indecision has cost Australians dearly, with over $10.1 billion in avoidable petrol costs forked out, and transport emissions still continuing to rise, ” said Greenpeace Australia Pacific campaigner Lindsay Soutar. “In April, Transport Minister Catherine King announced there would be legislation for a fuel efficiency standard by the end of this year – but now she is refusing to confirm that timeline. The question must now be asked: is Catherine King taking her eyes off the road too?” The group’s statement also cites Toyota’s latest sustainability report, showing Australia receiving the company’s dirtiest cars, alongside South Africa.

Picture: Virginia-class submarine Montana (credit Huntington Ingalls Industries)

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