New Australian Consumer Law Places Permanent Bans on Potentially Hazardous Products
Canberra, Australia (News4us.com) February 09, 2011
Cigarette lighters that look like children’s toys and ‘sky lanterns’ are among the first 10 permanent product bans made under the new Australian Consumer Law, said Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, David Bradbury.
The products, which were initially the subject of 18‑month interim bans, have now been permanently banned in all States and Territories.
“These are the first permanent bans under the new Australian Consumer Law and will help to keep consumers safe from potentially hazardous products,” said Mr Bradbury. “Under the new national product safety system, these bans will be in force uniformly in all States and Territories.”
The bans include seven products that were identified by the Commonwealth, States and Territories through a process last year to harmonise product safety regulations in Australia, while a further three products were recommended for permanent bans by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).
“The products that have now been permanently banned under the Australian Consumer Law include cigarette lighters that look like children’s toys, infant food containers and toys that contain more than 1% of the chemical diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), and unmanned hot air balloons, or ‘sky lanterns’.
“These permanent bans will ensure that consumers, particularly children, are protected from products that may cause them serious harm.
“A supplier of goods that are found to be in breach of these bans can be prosecuted and fined up to $1.1 million and can also be required to recall the goods at their expense.”
The Australian Consumer Law, which came into effect on 1 January 2011, allows for permanent bans and standards made by the Commonwealth to have effect in all States and Territories.
“The Commonwealth has worked with the States and Territories to develop a national product safety system, so that products deemed to be unsafe are subject to bans or standards consistently across the country, enforced by State and Territory as well as Commonwealth regulators,” said Mr Bradbury.
“A national product safety system also cuts down on red tape for businesses that operate in more than one State and Territory. Under the new Australian Consumer Law, businesses only have one set of product safety regulations to comply with, making it easier to operate across State and Territory borders.”
More information on the permanent bans, and the national product safety system, can be found at www.productsafety.gov.au.
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