Dodgy dummies take Choice’s Shonky Awards

DODGY dummies and fake free range eggs topped the list of winners at consumer group Choice's Shonky Awards in Sydney on Tuesday.

The awards go to products and services around the country that make false or questionable advertising claims or do not meet agreed standards.

Choice chief executive Alan Kirkland said the awards encouraged businesses to "lift their game" and put consumers first.

Among the winners were the Nuk Starlight Silicone Orthodontic Soother, a dummy which Choice claimed failed to meet the voluntary Australian Standard for the second year running.

Choice said the dummy shield was too small during tests, revealing babies could potentially choke on the pacifying device.

Another winner was Ecoeggs, an egg brand which claimed it was "free range" with a stocking density of 1500 birds per hectare, while Choice claimed the stocking density was actually 20,000 birds per hectare.

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