Monday, November 19, 2007

Bad Product Awards

Been a while I haven't posted. I'm still busy and without a regular internet connection, so blogging is a low priority. I should get internet within the next week, so I'll try to resume my useless ramblings...

But here's a press release that caught my attention, as I'm quite interested by everything that touches consumerism.

In regards to Dasani, I used to laugh at tourists in Banff who would drink those expansive bottles when the town's tap water is actually coming from a source in the surrounding glaciers...

Global consumer movement announces winners of International Bad Products Awards

CI Press Release - Congress 2007

The world federation of consumer organisations, Consumers International (CI) today announced the winners of the International Bad Product Awards, to be presented at CI’s World Congress in Sydney, Australia, 29 Oct – 1 November 2007.

The awards aim to highlight failings of corporate responsibility and the abuse of consumer trust by internationally recognised brands. The announcement comes as 400 delegates from national consumer organisations and governments, convene in Sydney to attend CI’s World Congress.
This year’s winners* are:

Coca-Cola – for continuing the international marketing of its bottled water, Dasani, despite admitting it comes from the same sources as local tap water.

Kellogg’s – for the worldwide use of cartoon-type characters and product tie-ins aimed at children, despite high levels of sugar and salt in their food products.

Mattel – for stonewalling US congressional investigations and avoiding overall responsibility for the global recall of 21 million products.

With the overall prize going to:

Takeda Pharmaceuticals – for taking advantage of poor US regulation and advertising sleeping pills to children, despite health warnings about pediatric use.

Richard Lloyd, Director General of Consumers International, said:

"These multi-billion dollar companies are global brands with a responsibility to be honest, accountable and responsible. In highlighting their short-comings Consumers International and its 220 member organisations are holding corporations to account and demanding businesses take social responsibility seriously."
Download the CI press briefing

*Full details of each nomination can be found in the accompanying CI Press briefing, which can be downloaded here.

Time to go wish I was a kid again, so I could eat, play and sleep thanks to all that good stuff!

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At 6:19 PM, Anonymous Charlotte rants...

Oh wow, the US is GRRRRRRREAT huh? ;)

(If you don't know about the Tony Tiger the Kellog's Frosted Flakes mascot-cartoon's catch phrase then that just won't be funny to you)


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