Black & Decker tells “Made in Australia” fib … again

The ACCC said packaging on some of Black & Decker’s Powerfile sanding belts was labelled “Made in Australia” when in fact the belts were made in Germany.The competition watchdog said 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 the ACCC’s previous concerns, the watchdog said Black & Decker failed to detect the change in the sourcing of materials used in the manufacture of the sanding belts.ACCC chairman Graeme Samuel said traders needed to continually ensure that statements made about their goods were true and correct.As well as promptly removing the belts from sale, the ACCC said Black & Decker Australia would extend the court enforceable undertaking provided to the ACCC to resolve a similar matter in 2006.The 2006 undertaking followed concerns that Black & Decker had engaged in conduct in breach of the Trade Practices Act by representing certain of its sanding sheets as made in Australia when in fact the sheets were made in India.

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