News Item re BigW selling illegal weeds in Victoria

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News Item re BigW selling illegal weeds in Victoria

Postby Sam » Tue May 20, 2008 5:44 pm

Thought this may be of interest to some members:

http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/stor ... 02,00.html
“Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian, wine and tarragon
make it French, sour cream makes it Russian, lemon and
cinnamon make it Greek, soya sauce makes it Chinese, Garlic
makes it good.” Alice May Brock, Alice’s Restaurant Cookbook.
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Re: News Item re BigW selling illegal weeds in Victoria

Postby midgin » Tue May 20, 2008 5:51 pm

Thanks Sam... I was just reading the very same news item... rather a worry, isn't it?
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Re: News Item re BigW selling illegal weeds in Victoria

Postby Sam » Tue May 20, 2008 6:01 pm

It makes it a bit difficult for the average gardener. Markets etc are one thing, but I think we expect (hope for?) a higher standard from 'garden centres' (as such).
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cinnamon make it Greek, soya sauce makes it Chinese, Garlic
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Re: News Item re BigW selling illegal weeds in Victoria

Postby MacMaples » Tue May 20, 2008 7:49 pm

That's dreadful. Maybe they should stick to what they know (and there's room for improvement there) instead of looking for more ways to make bigger profits.
I'm glad I've gotten in the habit of writing down the names of interesting plants and doing some research online before buying anything.
There's some more on the plant here . . .
http://www.dpi.vic.gov.au/dpi/nreninf.n ... 8D001EFC6C
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Re: News Item re BigW selling illegal weeds in Victoria

Postby Pam » Wed May 21, 2008 5:37 am

Whomever provided BigW doesn't have the luxury of being able to claim ignorance. Are BigW actually advertising for the return of the plants, or simply putting up a flyer in the store? Does anyone know?
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Re: News Item re BigW selling illegal weeds in Victoria

Postby Mister Wisteria » Wed May 21, 2008 1:38 pm

They said they were recalling them on the news but as to what that means is any body's guess. The Nursery they bought them from should get heavily fined as should Woolies, their Buyers should no what is what. :roll:
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Re: News Item re BigW selling illegal weeds in Victoria

Postby brill » Wed May 21, 2008 6:12 pm

As a member of the nursery industry I agree it is unacceptable. The grower definately should have made sure it wasn't a potential weed before growing it. We all have a responsibility to look out for such potential problems. Also, It's just good business sense. I don't envy the future of his nursery if it set seed in the nursery. A lot of his other plants will have seeds blown into them and that means it could be sold via another plant. I once grew some pennisetums (native ones) and they set seed. I had this plant coming up in other pots for months. I hpe the DPI is checking surrounding plants in the nursery. As for woolies the main buyer definately should have researched the plant (most store staff wouldn't have a clue). Unfortunately most buyers rely on the grower to make sure plants aren't potential weeds.
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Re: News Item re BigW selling illegal weeds in Victoria

Postby Mister Wisteria » Thu May 22, 2008 10:58 am

Lets hope Woollies do a bit better with the food they sell. I have stopped shopping at the big two Supermarkets and now shop at a Independant Supermarket, it is on average 15 to 20 per cent cheaper on a reasonable basket of food. :D I also like the idea that my money is going into a real persons pocket. :D
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Re: News Item re BigW selling illegal weeds in Victoria

Postby Abbi » Thu May 22, 2008 11:35 am

That's awful. :shock:

How will they track down the buyers who've already planted them? If you buy with cash, there's no traceability. Lets hope they were all bought with credit cards.

Brill's comment about seeds in surrounding pots is a big worry. Who knows how much seed has already been transferred to unsuspecting customers gardens,with other plants, possibly in rural areas. Doesn't bear thinking about.

Those tussock grasses are almost impossible to get rid of, once they take hold.
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Re: News Item re BigW selling illegal weeds in Victoria

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Re: News Item re BigW selling illegal weeds in Victoria

Postby Pam » Sat May 31, 2008 5:05 pm

:shock: They were selling those here too. :shock: I remember seeing them reduced after Mothers Day (I think it was) at a reduced price. I was admiring the jug, but was unsure of whether the ratty -looking (un-named) grass in them was a native, so I left them there.

It's a class 1 declared plant in Queensland.
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