A Moorabbin-based importer and wholesaler and its director have agreed to pay $4,500 to the Victorian Consumer Law Fund, and have given undertakings to recall products and refund customers, after acknowledging they supplied, offered to supply and possessed items that did not meet mandatory safety or information requirements.
In September 2017, our officers inspected the warehouse trading premises of Australia Manolite Pty Ltd (ACN: 168 846 348) in Moorabbin, and seized goods that did not meet mandatory safety or information standards. The items were:
- 2,860 pairs of sunglasses that did not meet relevant safety labelling requirements
- 62 projectile toys with no safety warnings or labels advising of their potential dangers
- 755 cosmetic items that did not come with a list of ingredients, exposing consumers to dangers such as allergic reactions.
Zhenghong Mei, 49, of Brighton East, the sole director of Australia Manolite, acknowledged that the company had breached the Australian Consumer Law (Victoria) by supplying or offering to supply the non-compliant items. As well as paying the $4,500 penalty, Mr Mei and the company have undertaken to:
- pay a maximum contribution of $500 to the Director of Consumer Affairs Victoria for the destruction of the seized items
- not supply or be involved in the supply of certain items that are subject to a ban order, or do not comply with relevant safety or information standards; these include aquatic toys, bath aids for babies, cots, hot water bottles, luggage straps, projectile toys, and swimming and floatation devices
- initiate a voluntary recall, to be published on the Product Safety Australia website
- publish the recall notice on the company’s website and display it at points of sale
- provide refunds on the recalled items
- implement a compliance program to help ensure they do not supply, or offer to supply, any banned or unsafe product.
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