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  1. News - Hong Kong - CONSUMER AFFAIRS

    Toxic plastic toys may pose health hazard to young children: Consumer Council

    Posted Nov 14th 2013, 04:14pm by Ernest Kao

    ... of plasticisers in children's products. The Legislative Council is considering amending the Toys and Children's Products Safety Ordinance to introduce control over phthalates in toys. "From ... The Consumer Council's warning came after it found phthalates at concentrations up to 300 times the United States and European Union standards in over half the toys it tested. The substances, used ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1355864/toxic-plastic-toys-may-pose-health-hazard-young-children-consumer
  2. Business - China Business

    China, Hong Kong slip in energy sustainability ranking, says World Energy Council

    Posted Oct 14th 2013, 12:00am by Eric Ng

    ... Eric Ng eric.mpng@scmp.com World council blames weaker energy security for drop in position for two consecutive years Mainland, HK sustainability rankings decline The mainland and Hong Kong have slipped in their energy sustainability world ranking for two years in a row because of weaker energy security, according to the World Energy Council. Mainland China's overall ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1331051/china-hong-kong-slip-energy-sustainability-ranking-says
  3. News - Hong Kong - CONSUMER COUNCIL

    Central body needed to govern assurance plans: Consumer Council

    Posted Sep 17th 2013, 12:00am by LO WEI

    ... costs The consumer watchdog has called for a central regulatory body to supervise investment-linked assurance products. The Consumer Council said it had received an increasing number ... co-ordinate and communicate more closely when setting rules and handling complaints. The council has received about 30 complaints this year regarding these products, up from 20 in the same period last ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1311055/central-body-needed-govern-assurance-plans-consumer-council
  4. News - Hong Kong - ANIMAL WELFARE

    Council tells Cathay only two shark fisheries are sustainable

    Posted Sep 22nd 2013, 12:00am by Simon Parry

    ... Simon Parry Only two fisheries deemed sustainable Cathay Pacific consulted the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)- which certifies sustainable fisheries- early on as part of its plan to establish guidelines for sustainable fisheries. The council certifies only two fisheries producing shark fin as sustainable: spiny dog fisheries in the US Atlantic and British Columbia. "The ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1314879/council-tells-cathay-only-two-shark-fisheries-are-sustainable
  5. News - Hong Kong - CONSUMER COUNCIL

    Consumer Council gets 12 complaints over mouldy herbal jelly hotline

    Posted Sep 17th 2013, 12:00am by Andrea Chen and Lo Wei

    ... hotline service and offer refunds at retail points," council chief executive Gilly Wong Fung-han said. She said that the council was concerned about the product's quality and safety ... Andrea Chen and Lo Wei Hotline for ‘mouldy jelly’ refunds draws complaints The Consumer Council has received 12 complaints from people who have been unable to get through on the hotline ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1311069/consumer-council-gets-12-complaints-over-mouldy-herbal-jelly-hotline
  6. News - Hong Kong - CONSUMER AFFAIRS

    There's something funny going on with honey, says Consumer Council

    Posted Jul 16th 2013, 12:00am by DANNY LEE

    ... of honey sold in Hong Kong have been found to contain rogue ingredients and some labels incorrectly state the origin of production. The Consumer Council has referred its findings to the Customs ... were in breach of the Trade Descriptions Ordinance. The council was unable to provide specific figures on the amount of sugar in each product as it was a "very small quantity", making ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1283519/consumer-watchdog-says-some-honey-brands-contain-rogue-sugar
  7. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    State Council announces 10 new measures to curb air pollution

    Posted Jun 15th 2013, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing cary.huang@scmp.com Controls on worst polluters and PM2.5, adjustment to nation's energy structure among State Council measures to rid cities of choking smog 10 ... The State Council announced 10 new measures to fight air pollution in urban areas.  The government had promised to implement stricter curbs on severe air pollution after most of the cities ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1261166/state-council-announces-10-new-measures-curb-air-pollution
  8. News - Hong Kong

    Trade Development Council chief Jack So says body still plays a key role

    Posted Jul 12th 2013, 12:00am by Anita Lam, Amy Nip

    ... hub may be long gone, but Jack So Chak-kwong, outgoing chairman of the Trade Development Council, believes the trade promotion body will never get past its use-by date. Created in 1966 at the height of Hong Kong's industrial boom, the TDC has long been criticised as an anachronism in a city, which generates 90 per cent of its gross domestic product from the services sector. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1280435/trade-development-council-chief-jack-so-says-body-still-plays-key
  9. News - Hong Kong - CONSUMER COUNCIL

    Consumer Council turns spotlight on insurers, phone makers

    Posted Jul 16th 2013, 12:00am by DANNY LEE

    ... unprotected during high-risk holidays if they do not read the insurance small print. These were among disclosures from the Consumer Council yesterday. The council said it received 548 complaints about maintenance services offered by phone manufacturers in the first six months of the year- up 74 per cent on the same period last year. "Fundamentally, they should do better," said council ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1283413/consumer-council-turns-spotlight-insurers-and-phone-makers
  10. News - Hong Kong

    Beware of dodgy club membership pitches, says consumer council

    Posted May 15th 2013, 06:18pm by Amy Nip

    ... their credit card details, the council said. And if they were charged for products or services without their authorisation, they should immediately alert their credit companies to void the payments.   ... Amy Nip amy.nip@scmp.com The Consumer Council warned Hongkongers on Wednesday to beware of the deceptive tactics used by some salespeople trying to entice them into buying or renewing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1238349/beware-dodgy-club-membership-pitches-says-consumer-council

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