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Chambers Cellars fined for labelling breach

Sydney bottle shop chain, Chambers Cellars, has found itself on the NSW Food Authority’s name and shame list for 12 labelling breaches, including the failure to declare the number of standard drinks contained in imported beer products.

NSW Minister for Primary Industries Steve Whan said failing to label food correctly posed “serious health and safety implications” for consumers.

“Food labelling, whether it relates to food or alcohol, is an important tool for the consumer in terms of understanding exactly what the product is they intend to consume,” Mr Whan said.

Australian labelling law requires that an Australian supplier contact name and address is provided to effect efficient recall of products and for the consumer to ensure their ability to seek recourse if required.

Chambers Cellars outlets in Penrith, Blacktown, Parramatta, Liverpool and Kuringai, NSW, which are owned and operated by Steven Chambers Pty Ltd, were issued a combined total of twelve penalty notices by the NSW Food Authority for:

• Failure to provide adequate labelling on food for retail sale – fail to include statement of
number of standard drinks in the package on beer
• Failure to provide adequate labelling on food for retail sale – fail to include name and address of supplier on individual bottles of beer

Each penalty notice carries a fine of $660 with total fines of $7,920 issued to Chambers Cellars.

The non compliant products seized included imported premium brands including Asahi, Becks bier (bottle/can), Carlsberg, Heineken, Kingfisher, Miller Genuine Draft, Peroni Nastro, Peroni Red, Stella Artois (bottle/can), Grand Imperial Porter, Martens, Perla Export, Warka Beer and Zlote.

Further information about food labels and the law are available at www.foodauthority.nsw.gov.au
 

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