The retailers have been accused of infringing patents essential to the MPEG-2 digital video compression standard, which is used worldwide in digital television broadcasting and DVD players. The suits are seeking monetary damages and injunctions prohibiting Aldi and Lidl from using the patents in their products and from offering, marketing, or importing them.
This gave them an unfair edge, claimed senior farm policy analyst Mark Kastel. "The seal is meaning-ful to consumers and should not be used frivolously. This places ethical industry participants at a competitive disadvantage."
Claire Hewat, CEO of the Dietitians Association of Australia, called for extra funding for obesity prevention schemes.
The Ministry of Food, Agriculture & Fisheries announced the ban as a "precautionary principle".