Product Safety

Act now on Infinity cables

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is urging the community to get a licensed electrician to check if degrading Infinity electrical cables are installed in their homes or businesses, as recent progress reports show that only 179 premises have so far been rectified and approximately 5 per cent of the supplied cable remediated.

ACCC joins international campaign on liquid laundry detergent capsule risks

With two deaths and over 16,000 ingestion cases reported every year worldwide the ACCC, in partnership with international regulators, is urging parents to be careful when using and storing laundry products so they don’t accidentally harm children.

Liquid laundry detergent capsules or ‘laundry pods’ contain highly concentrated liquid detergent in water-soluble packaging that releases on contact with moisture. A child can burst the laundry capsule and release the entire contents onto the skin or mouth with only a small amount of saliva or pressure.

ACCC warns of dangers of water expanding balls to kids

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is alerting consumers to the dangers of water expanding balls after several  children ingested  them in Australia and required hospital treatment to have them removed.

Water absorbing polymer balls (also known as water beads) can expand to the size of a golf ball when they come into contact with liquid, up to 400 times their original size. They are commonly used as decorative items in vases and centrepieces.

ACCC reminds of button battery risks ahead of Summer’s Day

Every week, an average of five children present to an emergency department with an injury related to button batteries in Australia.

Button batteries are found in many common household products such as remote control devices that unlock car doors, TV remote controls, calculators, kitchen and bathroom scales and greeting cards.

“If a toddler or young child swallows a button battery, it can burn through their oesophagus in just a couple of hours causing serious injury or death,” ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said.

Priorities 2015

In his first speech of the year, Chairman Rod Sims launches the 2015 edition of the ACCC’s Compliance and Enforcement Policy at CEDA in Sydney. Mr Sims announces cartel conduct in government procurement, truth in advertising, competition and consumer issues in the health sector and industry codes as new priorities. He also outlines the ACCC’s role in ensuring privatisation delivers for consumers, improving the functioning of the financial system given the competition focus of the Murray report, ensuring a smooth transition for consumers to NBN services and reviewing water rules to improve outcomes in the Murray-Darling Basin.

Ethanol-fuelled fireplaces & table top burners

Ethanol-fuelled fireplaces and table top burners are increasingly popular in Australia. Reports of injuries associated with ethanol burners are serious and increasing.

Mountain View Farm recalls Organic Bath Milk

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is alerting consumers that Mountain View Farm Organic Bath Milk has been recalled today. The bath milk contains raw, or unpasteurised, milk and is sold in one and two litre varieties.

“Mountain View Farm Organic Bath Milk has been linked to a number of recent health concerns in young children after being used as a substitute for regular pasteurised milk," ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said.

“The message from health agencies is clear: do not drink unpasteurised milk.”