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Aldi lead contamination: Consumers warned against taps

Reference: Perrott, K. (2017, July 11). Aldi lead contamination: Consumers warned against drinking from taps, amid ACCC investigation. ABC News. Retrieved from http://www.abc.net.au/


ABC News reports taps sold at supermarket chain Aldi may be contaminating drinking water with lead at up 15 times the maximum allowable level, tests by Queensland Health Forensic and Scientific Services show.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has warned people to avoid drinking or cooking with water from the Easy Home spiral spring mixer tap, advertised in Aldi's June 10 catalogue, "until more is known about the health risks that may be posed".

It is believed the tap may be installed in thousands of Australian homes, including 3,000 units reportedly sold in Queensland.

The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) said it commissioned the tests on the tap during an investigation into a separate issue.

"Our initial test results show that there is a cause for concern, and that the tapware may cause lead contamination of drinking water," QBCC commissioner Brett Bassett said.

QBCC said further testing was needed and echoed the ACCC's warning against consuming water from the taps.

It said all drainage work, including removing the tapware, should only be completed by a licensed plumber.

While the ACCC has not recalled the product, a spokesperson from Aldi Australia said it would remove any product from sale if it was identified as a risk to customers.

"ALDI is liaising with the responsible authorities and our supplier to investigate the matter with utmost urgency," a spokesperson said.

The spokesperson said the tapware was independently tested and confirmed to comply with Australian standards before it hit the shelves.

"If at any stage test results confirm that chemical parameters do not meet regulatory requirements, ALDI will take appropriate action," the spokesperson said.

Consumers who have purchased the taps but have not had them installed can seek a refund from Aldi, the ACCC said.

 

Reference: Perrott, K. (2017, July 11). Aldi lead contamination: Consumers warned against drinking from taps, amid ACCC investigation. ABC News. Retrieved from http://www.abc.net.au/

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