Rise in food for sale on Facebook Marketplace prompts health warning
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First it was second-hand furnishings and garments, now social media is getting used to promote meals — however an skilled has warned in opposition to the apply, saying there could possibly be severe well being penalties.
- Advertisements for meals and meals objects have emerged on social media promoting platforms in Tasmania
- An skilled has warned there could possibly be dangers for each the vendor and shopper if the seller doesn’t have a licence
- Fb Australia says sellers are chargeable for abiding with relevant legal guidelines and laws
Recent dumplings, naan bread, spring rolls, and even home made pet food have been all on the market on Fb Market in Hobart this week.
And whereas it’d look like a handy resolution for anybody too busy to prepare dinner, Lydia Buchtman, communication director on the Meals Security Data Council, warned in opposition to shopping for meals and meals merchandise on social media.
“There are four.1 million instances of meals poisoning in Australia annually, and for that cause it’s important to be fairly strictly regulated in the case of promoting meals to most people,” she stated.
She defined that whereas meals poisoning was frequent, many individuals weren’t conscious that in extreme instances people might develop long-term well being situations because of this — together with arthritis.
“Folks have to keep in mind that you can make somebody sick in a short time in the event you do not observe the legislation, and you can be sued,” she stated.
Duty lies with vendor: Fb
Ms Buchtman stated it was changing into more and more frequent for residence cooks to promote meals and meals on social media in Australia.
“Along with the spare pot vegetation that individuals are promoting and kids’s garments, it is undoubtedly changing into extra prevalent,” she stated.
Fb launched Market in October 2016 in Australia, New Zealand, the US and the UK in a bid to compete with eBay and Gumtree.
The appliance confronted controversy in Australia final yr when a Queensland mum was angered over a ban on advertising second-hand breast pumps.
Antonia Sanda, head of communications for Fb Australia, stated sellers have been chargeable for complying with all relevant legal guidelines and laws.
“This is applicable to the sale of meals merchandise as effectively … all Market listings should adjust to our neighborhood requirements and commerce insurance policies,” Ms Sanda stated.
As well as, Ms Sanda confirmed the sale of stay animals, ingestible dietary supplements, and meals and drinks that make health-related or medical claims was prohibited on the promoting platform.
If unsure, ask the vendor, skilled says
Lydia Buchtman informed the ABC people who offered meals to most people have been regulated by the Nationwide Meals Authority Act 1991.
“It is easy, in the event you promote meals it’s essential to have a licence,” she stated.
She added it was essential people who find themselves contemplating shopping for meals and pre-prepared meals on Fb Market have been conscious of what to ask these promoting the products.
“We have to warn folks that whereas it might look yummy, you continue to must ask to see their meals license earlier than agreeing to the transaction,” she stated.
The ABC contacted sellers of meals on Fb Market for remark.