Independent testing clears Aldi tap of lead contamination

Company claims its Spiral Spring Mixer Tap is safe to use

Independent testing commissioned by Aldi Australia has verified its Spiral Spring Mixer Tap is safe to use, contrary to reports the tap contaminates drinking water with lead.

Concerns swirled after the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) tested one tap and found it contaminated water with 15 times the maximum allowable limit of lead.

The tap – sold for $79.99 as a Special Buy on 10 June 2017 – was installed in an estimated 12,000 homes.

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Chief executive of Aldi Australia, Tom Durant, says the company launched a "priority investigation" into the matter as soon as it was brought to the company's attention.

"We are disappointed that so many Aldi customers were provided information that generated such unnecessary concern and inconvenience.

"The QBCC prematurely published statements based on tests that were not conducted in accordance with the Australian Standard."

Further testing was carried out by a laboratory accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) in accordance the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.

The findings were consistent with earlier assessments made before the tap went on sale.

The new test results come a week after the budget supermarket chain faced criticism for offering flushable wipes as a Special Buy, which led to intervention from the ACCC.