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SPC Ardmona cries foul

SPC Ardmona is concerned the future of its tomato processing business is again ‘‘at risk’’ with its former case director at the Anti-Dumping Commission now advising rival Italian importers on an appeal.

DARREN LINTON June 24, 2014 3:13am

SPC Ardmona is concerned the future of its tomato processing business is again ‘‘at risk’’ with its former case director at the Anti-Dumping Commission now advising rival Italian importers on an appeal.

The commission imposed tariff protection earlier this year after finding 56 per cent of Italian tinned tomatoes were being sold in Australia for far less than their normal price and imposed penalties.

The Australian revealed at the weekend SPC had discovered the government official given commercial-in-confidence information at the Anti-Dumping Commission had set up a consultancy business and now represents Italian tomato importers in their appeal with the Anti-Dumping Review Panel.

‘‘He was the one we gave our confidential information to,’’ SPC Ardmona managing director Peter Kelly told The Australian.

‘‘I hit the roof. He’s appealing a case where he was the case director.

‘‘He’s criticising his own work, finding fault with his previous work for the Australian people. Now we’ve got to go back and compete against the guy who has inside knowledge. I find it very frustrating.

‘‘Even when we win, apparently we don’t win.’’

Mr Kelly has complained to Anti-Dumping Commissioner Dale Seymour.

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