Australia’s peak industry body for vegetable and potato growers, AUSVEG, and its state members have acknowledged the ACCC’s press release regarding the Horticulture Code of Conduct.

The ACCC announced it has instituted proceedings against Mitolo Group Pty Ltd and a related entity (together, Mitolo).

The Horticulture Code of Conduct is a mandatory industry code prescribed under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. It came into full effect on April 1, 2018.

AUSVEG CEO James Whiteside said the organisation had recognised the ACCC’s actions.

“The Horticulture Code was introduced to improve clarity and transparency of trading arrangements between growers and traders in the horticulture sector,” Mr Whiteside said.

“As an industry, we stand by the Code and what it represents and support that all parties must abide by the law.

“We recognise the right that the ACCC has to enforce civil penalties and infringement notices on growers and traders.

“We will watch the proceedings with interest.”

The Horticulture Code of Conduct prohibits growers and wholesalers from trading produce without a written agreement that complies with the Code.

Mr Whiteside said the release serves as a timely reminder to industry that growers and traders must be complying with the law.

If growers or traders have any concerns, they are encouraged to contact the ACCC.

MEDIA CONTACT: Shaun Lindhe, AUSVEG National Manager – Communications
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