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A tap sold at Aldi may be poisoning tens of thousands of Australians after tests found water coming from it contained 15 times the safe level of lead.

The toxic taps, sold for just $79.99, have been installed in more than 12,000 households all over Australia.

People who own the spiral spring mixer tap are being warned not to use water run through it for drinking or cooking, reports Daily Mail.

aldi tap

The Queensland Building and Construction Commission was responsible for testing the taps, The Courier-Mail reported.

Tests were conducted by Queensland Health’s Forensic and Scientific Services unit on a single faucet, and will be followed by more comprehensive testing.

The results came as a surprise to the Melbourne’s IAPMO R&T Oceana, which had previously cleared the tap as returning water 9.5 times under the lead limit.

‘Everything we have on file indicates the product fully complies. It looks 100 per cent kosher,’ IAPMO technical adviser Glenn Tate said.

The results came as a surprise to the Melbourne’s IAPMO R&T Oceana, which had previously cleared the tap as returning water 9.5 times under the lead limit.

‘Everything we have on file indicates the product fully complies. It looks 100 per cent kosher,’ IAPMO technical adviser Glenn Tate said.

ALDI Safety statement

ALDI has since released a statement assuring the public that the Spiral Spring Mixer Tap was independently tested and confirmed to comply with Australian standards prior to going on sale.

“ALDI Australia takes safety very seriously. We have strict quality assurance processes in place and we relentlessly test our products to ensure they are safe and of the highest quality,” said a spokesperson for the retailer.

“We are liaising with the responsible Authorities and our Supplier to investigate the matter with utmost urgency. If at any stage test results confirm that chemical parameters do not meet regulatory requirements, ALDI will take appropriate action. ALDI will always remove any product from sale if it is identified as a risk to our customers.”

If you have concerns, you can contact ALDI directly or return the tap to an ALDI store for a full refund.

If you purchased one of these products we would advise you cease using immediately and return to place of purchase.

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  • aldi should have their items meet australian safety standards before they go and sell them. there sure are a lot of recalls from this store

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  • This is absolutely awful and scary for anyone that has purchased this tap. Hope everyone sees the recall notice.

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  • I’d be interested to see what the results were after the independent re-test.

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  • very scary indeed

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  • Is Queensland the only state these are sold in? Hope they weren’t sold anywhere else.

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  • oh wow, not good at all!

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  • I don’t quite understand how this could appen.

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  • Bit of a worry.

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  • Just another reason not to buy from Aldi and to stick to Australian products that we know are safe.

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  • This will affect so many people,not good enough!

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  • Concerning !!
    I’m not the biggest Aldi-fan anyway, don’t think their products are very good.

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  • I do not buy anything from Aldi don’t trust them and why support a German owned company. Buy trusting Australian products, support jobs and manufacturing, even if it cost a little more.

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  • This is why we we always go where someone can explain things.

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  • OMG this is serious. Aldi supposed to be a no frill product haven. Now I need to think twice about certain things I plan to purchase there.

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  • Oh! This is so scary!! And they must have sold so many!

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