Buying An Electrolux Or Westinghouse Product, Could Be High Risk Especially If You Get A Free Beetle
Buying an Electrolux Or Westinghouse Product Right Now Could Be High Risk
It appears that buying an Electrolux or Whirlpool refrigerator or appliance is high risk right now and you could end up with something you really don’t want.
Giant Swedish appliance maker is facing major problems after the Australian Border Force decided to close down the Electrolux distribution centre in the western Sydney suburb of Casula following an outbreak caused by the dangerous Khapra Beetle found in Electrolux refrigerators shipped from Thailand.
The Electrolux refrigerators were manufactured in Thailand and shipped to Australia and what’s known at this stage is whether any goods shipped previously had larva from the dreaded Khapra Beetle inside boxes or the actual product themselves.
The container that Border Force checked had 45 refrigerators in the consignment, what’s not known is whether prior shipments contained the banned Beetle.
Of the products checked in the searched container 10 refrigerators have larvae on them which would indicate the presence of Khapra Beetle.
The Federal Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment are being urged to check their Electrolux and Whirlpool products for the beetle.
The department said that ‘All goods associated with the shipments are being traced to identify, contain and eliminate any potential biosecurity risk.
A range of urgent measures are being put in place, using a phased approach, to safeguard our country from khapra, including stricter import conditions for high-risk goods.
Khapra beetle larvae are 1.6–7mm long, golden brown with distinctive hairs across the body, including longer hairs at the end of the body that resemble a tail. Adults are less common, and are 2–3mm long, oval shaped, light yellowish brown to dark brown and covered with many fine hairs.
They can be found in stored products and around places where stored products are kept or transported. This includes between cracks and wall linings of storage containers,” the statement read.
Of concern are products bought at Winnings and Appliances online and The Good Guys whose warehouses were closed down along with the Electrolux distribution Centre in NSW.
The refrigerators were distributed to New South Wales and ACT distribution centres – Winnings and Appliances Online as well as The Good Guys (part of the JB Hi-Fi group).
The detection of the beetle was identified by someone in the community.