6 Feb 2016

Woolworths fined 3 million, pulls products from shelves

4:02 pm on 6 February 2016

The supermarket giant Woolworths has been ordered to pay more than three million dollars in fines after the Australian consumer watchdog took it to court over safety concerns about a number of products.

They include a deep-fryer and drain cleaner sold under the company's Homebrand and Masters labels.

Regulators say the company made false or misleading representations about the safety of the products.

Several customers have been burned by the drain cleaner - including a baby who needed surgery; while the handles of the fryer may fall off and spill oil.

Woolworths has pulled the products and apologised to customers.