Australian Competition and Consumer Commission wants increased focus on Horticulture Code enforcement

Breaches of the Horticulture Code of Conduct have prompted the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to issue a warning to fresh produce wholesalers. The ACCC says it will increase its focus on Horticulture Code of Conduct non-compliance reports after audits found incidents of wholesalers not meeting their legal obligations.

The ACCC conducted audits after hearing through its Perishable Agricultural Goods Inquiry that some fruit and vegetable wholesalers were trading without Horticulture Produce Agreements, which is a breach of the code.

In a statement, the ACCC said it believes the horticultural industry would benefit from further guidance and will release updated industry guidance in the coming months.


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