Compostable products company settles deceptive packaging claims

first_imgAttorney General, September 27, 2011 Penley Corporation, based in West Paris, Maine, has agreed to settle claims by Vermont Attorney General William H. Sorrell that the company violated the state’s Consumer Fraud Act by misrepresenting the availability of local composting options for its Full Circle line of ‘compostable’ cutlery. The settlement requires Penley to pay $10,000 to the State of Vermont in penalties and costs, and another $10,000 to the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA Vermont) to support its Harvest Health Coupon Program.Commenting on the settlement, Attorney General Sorrell said that Vermonters care about responsible disposal, including the compostability, of consumer products, and need to be able to rely on sellers’ claims about how those products may be disposed of. ‘If most Vermonters can’t compost an item in the state, then advertising the item as ‘compostable’ is deceptive,’ he said.Starting in June 2007, Penley marketed a ‘Full Circle’ line of cutlery that was capable of being composted in a professionally managed municipal or commercial facility. The Full Circle packaging bore prominent references to compostability, including the term ‘compostable!’ in sizable red type in two places, and a boxed Biodegradable Plastics Institute/US Composting Council logo next to a third, capitalized, ‘COMPOSTABLE.’In fact, there are few municipal or commercial facilities in Vermont that accept compostable cutlery, and most Vermonters have not had, and do not have, practical access to such facilities. And while the Full Circle cutlery packaging did state that municipal or commercial composting facilities ‘may not exist in your community. Check to see if they do.,’ this disclosure was printed in an almost unreadably small five-point typeface on the back of the package.It is estimated that retail sales of Full Circle cutlery in Vermont totaled between 7,920 and 13,776 boxes, for which local consumers paid a total of between $10,216 and $17,771. Penley’s settlement with the Attorney General’s Office prohibits the company from representing to the public, directly or by implication, the compostability of any products sold in or into Vermont unless (a) there are municipal or commercial facilities reasonably and practically available to a substantial majority of Vermont consumers, which facilities accept those products for composting; or (b) there is a prominent disclosure on the product packaging of the absence of such facilities that is proximate to the compostability claim and is no smaller or less visible than the claim itself.Penley’s payment to NOFA Vermont will support a program that offers matching coupons as an incentive to 3SquaresVT (formerly Food Stamp) recipients to buy healthy, farm-fresh foods at over 30 local farmers’ markets. last_img read more

FIBA gives ‘green light’ for return to basketball games

first_imgFOLLOWING the report of the last meeting of the FIBA Medical Advisory Group (MAG), basketball’s global governing body has decided to lift the suspension that has been in place on all FIBA competitions since March 13.The restart of FIBA competitions will be based on the adjusted calendar, confirmed by the FIBA Executive Committee in April and the calendars for continental sub-continental youth and club competitions approved accordingly by the Zone Boards, after consultation with the FIBA MAG.The FIBA’s MAG has identified a number of best practices of professional leagues that have restarted their competitions recently and collected many health protocols.In order to help National Federations and Leagues with the planning for the return of their competitions in the next months, in addition to the Guidelines for the Return to Basketball published on May 26, FIBA will make available the collected national restart protocols to its members and will continue to provide advice through the FIBA Medical Commission.Compliance with the applicable decisions of public authorities alongside FIBA’s rules and guidelines is of paramount importance for the health and safety of our players, coaches, officials and fans.FIBA will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation on a daily basis and communicate further updates regularly in regard to FIBA Competitions.last_img read more

AFCON: Desabre names 28 in Cranes preliminary squad

first_imgDefenders: Bevis Mugabi (Yeovil Town- England), Nicholas Wadada (Azam FC-Tanzania), Awanyi Timothy (KCCA FC-Uganda), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Unattached), Ronald Mukiibi (Ostersunds-Sweden), Murushid Juuko (Simba-Tanzania),  Godfrey Walsumbi (Unattached), Muleme Isaac ( FK Viktoria Zizkov- Czech Republic), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe-DR Congo).Midfielders: Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC-Uganda), Khalid Aucho (Church Hill Brothers Fc-India), Kirizestom Ntambi- Coffee FC –Ethiopia), Michael Azira (Montreal-USA), Waisswa Moses (Vipers SC-Uganda), Sadam Juma (KCCA FC-Uganda), Faruku Miya (HNK Gorica FC- Croatia), Kizito Luwagga (Shakhter Karagandy-Kazakhstan), Kateregga Allan ( Maritzburg-South Africa), Abdul Lumala (Syrianska FC – Sweden)Strikers:  Alexis Bbakka (Carlstad United, Sweden); Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Simba, Tanzania); Patrick Henry Kaddu (KCCA FC, Uganda); Derrick Nsibambi (Smouha, Egypt); Allan Kyambadde (KCCA FC Uganda). Desabre looks on as Miya does his thing during qualifiers. Miya is one of the foreign based players named on the preliminary squad.Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | A Uganda Cranes preliminary squad for the forthcoming AFCON Finals in Egypt heads to Abu Dhabi on May 27 for a preparation camp where they will play two friendly games.Head coach Sebastien Desabre has released a list comprising a mix of local and foreign players, for the camp with a surprise debut call for Sweden based players, Abdul Lumala (Syrianska) and Alexis Bbakka (Carlstad United BK). The final 23-man squad will be submitted on 11 June after the camp.Egypt will host the Nations Cup, which has been expanded to 24 teams, from 21 June to 19 July.Abdul Lumala soon after signing for his new side in February. Below, Alexis BbakkaThe Squad to Abu Dhabi:Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns-South Africa), Jamal Salim (Al Hilal-Sudan), Robert Odongkara (Adama City FC-Ethiopia), Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC-Uganda). Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more