Coles frozen imported pomegranate linked to NSW hepatitis A outbreak

Seven people have been diagnosed with hepatitis A after eating frozen imported pomegranate purchased at Coles supermarkets, prompting NSW Health to warn anyone who bought the product to throw it out immediately. Australian-grown pomegranate – both fresh and frozen – has not been implicated. Dr Vicky Sheppeard, director of communicable diseases at NSW Health, said…

Chinese lining up for Australian agriculture businesses: HSBC

HSBC says asset hungry Chinese businesses are lining up to invest in Australian agriculture because of food production quality and tariff reductions under the free trade agreement between the two countries. The global banking giant is expanding its operations in Australia to play a much bigger role in the sector and to strengthen its connection to…

Aussie Farmers Direct to close fallen victim to competition from cheap imported products sold by its opposition.

GROCERY delivery company Aussie Farmers Direct has been placed into voluntary administration and the company will close immediately, leaving its 260 employees without a job. Company directors believe the national food and groceries delivery network has fallen victim to competition from cheap imported products sold by its opposition. The home delivery service struggled to compete…

Indonesian Mangoes set to be imported into Australia

Indonesia looks set to begin exporting mangoes to Australia for the first time, after a trade deal was advanced between the two nations in Melbourne last week. According to Indonesian media, the first trays of Indonesian mangoes are due to arrive in October, putting them in direct competition with the Australian harvest. While plenty of…

China rejects Murray Goulburn milk, formula

Beleaguered dairy processor Murray Goulburn is blaming administrative errors for the rejection of shipments of its milk and infant formula in China last year, dismissing suggestions it was being punished for bypassing Chinese bidders in favour of a $1.3 billion takeover offer by Canadian giant Saputo. Murray Goulburn confirmed the incidents, which saw as much…

Pineapple go to waste farmers warn of shortage

North Queensland farmers are being forced to leave hundreds of tonnes of pineapples to rot due to a glut of the fruit. Ideal growing conditions across Queensland have led to a bumper season, forcing down the amount of money paid to farmers for their crop. In many cases, it’s not enough to cover the cost…

Chinese warn of consumer-led Australian products boycott over worsening relations

Chinese officials have warned of a consumer-led boycott of ­Aus­tralian products following the breakdown in relations ­between the two countries, ­fuelled by Malcolm Turnbull’s foreign interference laws and pushback against ­Chinese influence in the Asia-Pacific region. The Australian understands there have been talks in China about indirectly pulling economic levers — potentially targeting consumer products,…

Farmers in tears after banks take land

At the mercy of the elements Lindsay Dingle thought the life of a farmer was hard enough. Then there was a knock on the door that has brought him 40 months of turmoil. Mr Dingle had a cattle, cropping and fodder property outside of Bundaberg in Queensland for 13 years. In 2011 and 2013 the…

Bindaree Beef wins $30 million court case against Chinese customer

Bindaree Beef’s Chinese government-owned partner in an export deal gone bad has been lashed as “lacking any commercial moral compass” and ordered to pay the Australian company more than $30 million in compensation. The deal between Bindaree and Chinatex, a Chinese state-owned corporation, was sealed in mid-2015 and was supposed to have seen Bindaree kill…

Chinese police seize 14,000 bottles of counterfeit Penfolds wine

THOUSANDS of bottles purporting to be Penfolds’ top-shelf wine have been seized in an anti-counterfeit operation in China. Chinese police seized 14,000 bottles of counterfeit wine following a complaint by Penfolds’ parent company Treasury Wine Estates about three months ago. The fake premium products were sold through Chinese giant Alibaba’s consumer-to-consumer website Taobao with sales…