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Charges over 'Kiwi' honey claims

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 19/12/2016 Sean Martin
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A Kiwi honey supplements company is facing dozens of charges for allegedly selling imported Chinese products as "made in New Zealand".

The Commerce Commission has filed 44 Fair Trading Act charges against NatureBee-maker Topline and its director, Jeffrey Bernard Cook.

It alleges there were false representations on the company's labels, website and an infomercial between May 2011 and June last year.

The commission alleges while the NatureBee supplements were made out to be locally sourced, the pollen they were made from was sourced in China, as well as processed and put into capsules there, before being imported in New Zealand.

Earlier this year, the commission prosecuted two other companies over claims about the origin of products, including a dietary supplement company New Zealand Nutritionals and a duvet wholesaler Nangong Limited.

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