The Australian Made Campaign is hailing the recall by NSW Fair Trading of unsafe, non-compliant cable being manufactured in China and sold to local electrical contractors as a life-saving intervention.
Australian Made is urging product safety regulators in other States and Territories to follow suit, to ensure the safety of tradesmen and general public.
The protective PVC insulation and sheathing compound used in the recently recalled “Integrity” electrical cables was found to be substandard, with potential results of use including serious electric shocks or fire.
“Australian Made welcomes the action by NSW Fair Trading, initiated by the Australian Cablemakers Association, because it is critical that imported products comply with local safety regulations, just as Australian-made products must do,” Australian Made Chief Executive, Ian Harrison, said.
“It is very important for us to be vigilant, particularly when it comes to health and safety standards.”
Mr Harrison said that the action by NSW Fair Trading also reinforces the importance of educating shoppers about the difference in quality, health and safety manufacturing standards around the world, so they can make informed decisions.
“Australia has some of the highest quality, health and safety standards in the world, which is why consumers, businesses and the government need to become more conscientious about buying local,” he said.
“Maintaining our high manufacturing standards is vital for our export efforts and in competing with imports.”
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