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19:02' 11-07-2018
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) warns people to check their freezers for frozen vegetable products that are possibly contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

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    Power Savings Bonus Now Available

     

    Victorians can now register for the State Government’s $50 Power Saving Bonus.

    To be eligible for the $50 bonus, you simply have to use the Victorian Energy Compare website between 1 July and 31 December. You are not required to take up an offer or switch plans, you just need to compare deals.

    The new online system checks hundreds of thousands of electronic bills and energy metre numbers to verify details provided, and cheques will be mailed to make sure the bonus is only received by Victorian energy customers.

    On average, Victorians who use the independent comparison website save $330 on their energy bills in the first year alone. Seven out of 10 find a better deal by switching retail offers.

    To search for a better energy deal and register for the bonus, visit compare.energy.vic.gov.au.

    LanguageLoop Connects With Thai Cave Kids

    Many people around the world will now be relieved to know that the Thai soccer team and their coach have all been rescued.

    During their ordeal, Australia’s leading Language Services Provider, LanguageLoop, helped Aussie kids connect and communicate with the Thai cave boys, by providing free translations of letters of support. Children aged 11-16 were invited to write letters of encouragement, which were then translated into Thai.

    The letters will be delivered to the Thai boys while they are safely recovering in hospital.

    Pop-up Shops Help Out At Tax Time

    The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is helping the community to get their tax right through 35 pop-up shops in major shopping centres, community hubs, and a metro train station.

    ATO Assistant Commissioner Kath Anderson said popups are a face-to-face service providing advice and on the spot demonstrations to help people gain confidence using the ATO’s digital products and services.

    Ms Anderson said if you are planning to prepare your own return this year, it’s the perfect opportunity to learn about ATO’s online lodgement tool, myTax, and other online services to help you manage your tax and super affairs, including our myDeductions tool in the ATO app.

    The pop-ups commenced on 2 July, and will be available until 22 September. No appointment is necessary.

    To find your nearest pop-up shop, visit www.ato.gov.au/popup.

    New Centre To Drive Energy Policy

    A new energy policy centre has been set up to undertake research into the unique energy policy challenges Australia is facing.

    The Victorian Energy Policy Centre (VEPC) will work in collaboration with Victoria University, who will contribute $480,000 towards the Centre.

    The Centre will be independent of government, but its research will be one of many inputs into decision-making.

    Its focus will be broad, but it will concentrate on consumer protections, market trends and development of the energy industry, looking towards building the energy systems of the future.

    Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio said the VEPC will combine rigorous research and analysis, with a clear focus on policies that put Victorian energy customers first.

    Research is already underway and will be ongoing for the next two years.

    Consumers Warned Of Frozen Vegetable Recalls

    Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) warns people to check their freezers for frozen vegetable products that are possibly contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

    Pregnant women, elderly people, and people whose immune systems are compromised (e.g. cancer patients) are at a much greater risk. In April, six people died from Listeria contamination in rockmelons.

    If you follow cooking instructions properly, it should kill the Listeria bacteria. However, eating frozen vegetables straight from the freezer could put your health or life at risk.

    If you have any of these products in your freezer, return it to the place of purchase for a full refund, or dispose of it.

    If you have eaten the product and feel unwell, you should see a health professional.

    The foods for recall are listed at www.foodstandards.gov.au/industry/foodrecalls/recalls/Pages/Frozen-Vegetables-.aspx.

     

     

     

     

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