ACCC Announces Recall App For Android Phones

  • Available for free from ACCC website
  • Lists info on recalled items
  • Take pics of suspect items using smartphone

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has launched an Android version of its Recalls Australia app to provide accessible information on recalled products. With more than 400 products recalled in Australia last year, and the Android platform being an operating system of choice by many consumers, the ACCC has released a version for Android having announced the iPhone version in November 2011.

"The launch of this free app means people using an Android phone can now quickly and easily check Australian product recalls from their mobile phone," ACCC deputy chair Delia Rickard said today. "Knowing when products are recalled means consumers can act quickly to remove potentially harmful products from their homes.

"The app lists information for each recall, including the name of the product, where it was sold, any identifying features such as a batch number or use-by date, a description of the hazard and what to do if you have the product.

"It means that you can check recalls even when you're out and about, such as shopping at garage sales where a recalled product may have unknowingly been made available for sale.

"The app also allows people to take a photo of a product they think is unsafe and report it to the ACCC using their phone."

The ACCC is interested in feedback from consumers and the business community about how we can best inform you about product safety.

The app is based on data from the ACCC's Recalls Australia website –www.recalls.gov.au – and is available from the Google Play store at no cost. The ACCC will also shortly release a mobile friendly version of the website.

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