The oil companies are pushing for a ban on edible garlic, after it was revealed the oil companies were the main suppliers of it to the government.
The Food and Veterinary Standards Authority said it was not possible to determine the precise amount of garlic oil that was in the edible oil used by government agencies, which included the Department of Health.
But the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has slammed the decision to ban the oil as a “significant breach of consumers’ health”.
“The ACCC has taken the position that it is a significant breach of consumer privacy when food companies are using information that may be available to the public to supply products that could have a significant effect on the health of consumers,” ACCC chairman Rod Sims said.
The ACCC also said it would consider an investigation into the food industry if the food companies continued to supply edible garlic to the department.
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