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Is ALDI about to clog the sewers?

ALDI has caused a stir with its loyal shoppers who have questioned the supermarket's decision to stock one of its new Special Buy products this week.

This Wednesday, ALDI is stocking Green Action flushable bathroom cleaning wipes for consumers to use on use on bathroom and toilet surfaces.

Several shoppers have been on ALDI Australia's Facebook page, telling the supermarket they should not be stocking such an item, which claims to be "flushable".

One person wrote: "You have advertised flushable cleaning wipes this coming Wednesday but this is wrong. They must not be flushed. It is misleading advertising. Sydney Water are constantly trying to stop the sale of flushable wipes and now you are making things worse!"

Another wrote: "Aldi- I love you most of the time but really. Green Action (ahem) 'Flushable' wipes on sale next week?! When will everyone realise that these things ARE NOT FLUSHABLE!!! Please don't help in harming the environment and our waste systems. get with the program!!"

Consumer group CHOICE, which is currently running a 'Flushbusters' campaign to remove false "flushable" claims made by major manufacturers, says shoppers should be wary of any flushable wipe on the market.

CHOICE spokesman Tom Godfrey told News Corp Australia they are a product that do not need to exist.

"It'd be great if someone had developed a flushable wipe, and while it's hard to pass judgment on ALDI's product without seeing it, consumers should be really wary of flushable wipes," he said.

"They're a product that don't need to exist, they're bad for the environment, they're bad for plumbing and can cost you and local councils a great deal of money."

The Green Action flushable wipes Aldi is stocking this week as part of its Special Buys. Picture: Supplied/Aldi website
The Green Action flushable wipes Aldi is stocking this week as part of its Special Buys. Picture: Supplied/Aldi website

 

The comments come after CHOICE tested whether Kleenx wipes really break down and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission announced it was taking court action against Kimberly-Clark (Kleenex) and Pental (White King) for alleged false and misleading representations in relation to "flushable" wipes last year.

Consumer group CHOICE, which is currently running a 'Flushbusters' campaign to remove false "flushable" claims made by major manufacturers, says shoppers should be wary of any flushable wipe on the market.

CHOICE spokesman Tom Godfrey told News Corp Australia they are a product that do not need to exist.

"It'd be great if someone had developed a flushable wipe, and while it's hard to pass judgment on ALDI's product without seeing it, consumers should be really wary of flushable wipes," he said.

"They're a product that don't need to exist, they're bad for the environment, they're bad for plumbing and can cost you and local councils a great deal of money."

The comments come after CHOICE tested whether Kleenx wipes really break down and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission announced it was taking court action against Kimberly-Clark (Kleenex) and Pental (White King) for alleged false and misleading representations in relation to "flushable" wipes last year.

The Queensland Building and Construction Commission raised the alarm with the ACCC, and the watchdog has since issued a warning.

QBCC-commissioned tests showed water from the Spiral Spring Mixer Tap, Easy Home brand, model number NI183ESCRT-AUD, had lead levels up to 15 times the maximum set out in Australian's drinking water guidelines.

"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.

The ACCC has approached ALDI and expects a voluntary recall if the tap is found to pose any health risk to consumers.

ALDI has told its customers via Facebook: "ALDI is in the process of working with the ACCC to complete further investigation of the Spiral Spring Mixer Tap and the claims made by the QBCC. We suggest customers temporarily avoid use of the Spiral Spring Mixer Tap and register their product at www.productregistration.aldi.com.au/ to receive updates and the results of further testing."

News Corp Australia

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