Woolies slammed by ACCC over unsafe products

By AdNews | 17 September 2014

Woolworths is in hot water with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). The body has kicked off Federal Court proceedings against the supermarket, alleging it made false representations about the safety of certain products.

The ACCC also alleges that Woolworths failed to file mandatory reports as required by Australian Consumer Law once it became aware that serious injury or illness may have been caused by its products.

The products in question are Woolworths home brand products: Abode 3L Stainless Steel Deep Fryer, Woolworths Select Drain Cleaner and Homebrand Safety Matches.

Other products under the microscope are: Home Collection Padded Flop Chair and Masters Home Improvement Folding Stepping Stool, as these products did not withstand the maximum weight load stated on their packaging.

The ACCC takes issue with the fact that by selling these products Woolworths was presenting them as safe and by continuing to sell them after becoming aware they were not, demonstrates the supermarket was purporting them as safe.

Woolworths has subsequently recalled the products. A directions hearing in Sydney is slated for 4 November 2014.

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