AUSTRALIA’S top consumer goods retailer has warned foreign car parts may be being imported from China into the country.
Key points:The supermarket has issued an alert for domestic car parts importsKey points Foreign car components may be imported into the Australian market from ChinaChina is currently embroiled in a political standoff with the USThe import of foreign car components into Australia may increase the risk of counterfeit goodsThe Australian Food and Drug Administration (AFFSA) is currently reviewing the situation in China, which has been embroiled in an increasingly acrimonious dispute with the United States.
A statement from the company, the Woolworths Group, said domestic car manufacturers were increasingly concerned about the growing number of counterfeit products and the risk they pose to Australian consumers.
“We have been monitoring the situation closely, and we believe that there are risks that Chinese car parts, including Chinese-made components imported from a third country, could be imported in our retail outlets, and that these components could end up in our stores,” the statement said.
“If they are, we want to be sure they are genuine.”
The company said it had issued an advisory to its Australian customers, advising them to take extra precautions when buying imported car parts.
“Woolworths has an extensive list of quality and safety requirements for imported car components and other goods from China,” the company said.
“We encourage our customers to carefully consider the import requirements before making a purchase.”
The supermarket is currently issuing an advisory for domestic and imported car manufacturers about imported car and motorcycle parts.
The warning comes as the AFR’s Australian consumer watchdog investigates a number of reports of counterfeit car parts and counterfeit consumer products in Australian supermarkets.
Last year, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) warned a number the industry was failing to do enough to prevent counterfeit products from entering the market.
“There has been an increase in the amount of counterfeit items imported into Australian markets in recent months, particularly in the context of the ongoing political situation in the United Kingdom,” the ACCC said in a report.
“The importation of counterfeit automotive parts and motor vehicle parts into Australia is a serious risk.”
The AFR has been critical of the supermarket chain in the past, saying it failed to protect the safety of its customers.
“I have been very clear that we are going to be very, very careful with what we buy and we are not going to take it for granted that we will always be protected,” the Aussie consumer group’s chief executive, Michael O’Brien, said.
The ACCC also said the Woolies Group was failing in its duty of care to its customers and consumers.”[It] fails to take sufficient measures to prevent the importation and importation into Australia of counterfeit and other unsafe products,” the agency said.
Topics:corporate-governance,business-economics-and-finance,consumer-fraud,health,australiaFirst posted November 18, 2018 10:35:33Contact Lisa TrenholmMore stories from Western Australia