Retail in Asia

Woolworths ordered to pay USD2.2m penalty for selling unsafe products

Woolworths has been hit with an AUD3 million (USD2.2m) penalty for selling faulty home-brand goods that injured consumers and for failing to promptly alert authorities and issue recalls as required by law.

In his penalty judgement delivered on Friday, Justice James Edelman said the penalty needed to achieve deterrence and ensure Woolworths sold safe products and followed product recall and withdrawal procedures.

Woolworths’ failure to do so had led to a baby "burning a hole" in her leg, an employee burning his eyes and a man hitting his head on a metal garage door and the concrete ground.