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  1. Service boosts awareness of products and dangers

    Posted Mar 02nd 2007, 12:00am by Barclay Crawford

    ... Barclay Crawford Critics may claim the Consumer Council lacks real legal clout but that has not stopped the watchdog drawing attention to everything from the distasteful to the dodgy and downright dangerous since it was founded in April 1974. The council publishes the monthly magazine Choice, which aims to guide the public through the often confusing battlefield of product ...

  2. Councils want to follow Ireland's lead and ban plastic bags

    Posted Jul 25th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... if councils get their way. Tired of waiting for central government action, the 33 local authorities want to follow Ireland's lead and ban plastic bags. Bags, they say, are wasteful, bad for the environment, and at the least, scar the landscape. By 2010, each council faces a GBP150 (HK$2,400) fine for each tonne of landfill over the agreed European Union limit. Most are heading for a hefty ...

  3. 'Health' drinks can be sugar traps: council

    Posted Sep 15th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Council sent at least one distributor hastening to add sugar-content labels to its products and brought calls from the council and a legislator for the government to set a 'low sugar' standard for such drinks. Dietitians warned that drinking products with excessive sugar could lead to a higher risk of obesity-related diseases like diabetes. The Consumer Council tested 42 ...

  4. Toy council needs auditor to promote fair practices

    Posted Apr 28th 2007, 12:00am by Elizabeth Horscroft

    ... fair labour standards in toy production. The International Council of Toy Industries (ICTI) was formed in 1974 as an organisation of toy trade associations from around the world. The ICTI CARE Process is the body's voluntary ethical manufacturing programme aimed at promoting fair labour treatment and employee health and safety. The council moved beyond setting standards ...

  5. Ex-PCCW deputy to head new film council

    Posted Apr 15th 2007, 12:00am by Felix Chan

    ... as chairman of the Hong Kong Film Development Council came a day after he pocketed HK$103 million from selling off part of his PCCW shareholding. The government yesterday announced that Mr So and 15 non-official members would serve on the new body through to March 31, 2009. The council's members will comprise all 11 non-official members of the existing Film Development Committee - of which Mr ...

  6. Light up your Christmas safely, Consumer Council warns

    Posted Dec 15th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... with the electrical products safety regulation of three-pin plugs. 'The lower-priced ones aren't always a bad choice, but the council wants to remind consumers to be aware of the risks of buying ... Zoe Mak People are being warned to be aware of fire hazards from Christmas lights after the Consumer Council found that only one in 16 passed safety tests. The council tested 16 types ...

  7. Council promotes food certification

    Posted Apr 14th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Zoe Mak Food scares could be avoided if more local restaurants and food suppliers obtain food safety certification, the Productivity Council said yesterday. The council is promoting its consultancy services for obtaining ISO certification. Kinny Yeung Lee-kin, general manager of its materials technology division, suggested ISO 22000:2005 was applicable to all food businesses ...

  8. Climate change perfect for Security Council

    Posted Apr 19th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The UN Security Council has rightly brushed aside objections from the developing world and gone ahead with a discussion on climate change. Rising temperatures, unpredictable weather ... of the council's permanent members- China, Russia and the US- agreed to the debate grudgingly, contending that this was not the correct forum. They, the Non-Aligned Movement and Group of 77 suggested ...

  9. CityU council approves 3pc pay rise for staff

    Posted Mar 31st 2007, 12:00am by Nora Tong

    ... Nora Tong City University of Hong Kong's governing council has endorsed measures to improve staff morale, including a 3 per cent pay rise that will come into effect tomorrow. Council chairman Tim Chung Shui-ming said this week that staff members would also be able to cash in on holidays. A productivity award, which was launched last year, would remain in place. The pay rise ...

  10. Futures plan clears State Council hurdle

    Posted Feb 08th 2007, 12:00am by Nevin Nie

    ... Nevin Nie The State Council has approved in principle new futures regulations, clearing one key hurdle in the launch of the long-anticipated financial futures. In an executive meeting chaired by Premier Wen Jiabao yesterday, the State Council discussed and approved the amendments to the temporary futures regulations, according to a statement on the government's website. ...




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