In a statement issued last night the ACCC said "For the second time Black & Decker has supplied a sanding product incorrectly labelled as 'Made in Australia". The packaging on some of its Powerfile sanding belts were labelled 'Made in Australia' when in fact the belts were made in Germany.
The material to make the belts was originally sourced from Australia but was later sourced from Germany. Despite quality control processes put in place to resolve previous concerns raised by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Black & Decker failed to detect the change to the sourcing of the materials used in the manufacture of the sanding belts.
ACCC Chairman, Mr Graeme Samuel, said traders need to continually ensure statements made about their goods are true and correct. "This vigilance is not a one off process but requires traders to be pro-active and to monitor and scrutinise statements about their products."
As well as promptly removing the belts from sale, Black & Decker (Australia) Pty Ltd will extend the court enforceable undertaking provided to the ACCC to resolve a similar matter in 2006.