Asbestos In Imported Goods
Perth Hospital construction site went into lockdown in July after asbestos was found in Chinese roof panels. The Chinese manufacturing firm had also provided asbestos-ridden gaskets to a high-rise construction project in Brisbane. And, in June, an investigation was launched into an Adelaide company over imports from China that illegally contained asbestos.
The Australian Border Force disclosed that it is only testing a small percentage of shipping containers each year for the deadly substance.
Some countries still use asbestos in manufactured products and may classify goods as ‘asbestos free’ because they only contain low levels of asbestos content.
The asbestos-free certification provided by overseas manufacturers can be wrong.