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  QUESTION: Lead core wick candles in Australia. 14 May 2003, Victoria Australia

Hi,

I wanted to know if all the candles selling in the market place now still contain lead ? Or only some ? Are they banned from Australia now ?

Regards,
Willie

ANSWER: 15 May 2003

Dear Willie,

Lead core wick candles and lead core wicks (that is wicks containing more than 0.06% lead) were permanently banned in Australia last year but the Consumer Affairs division of the Treasury has recently reported to me that Klints stores have been found to be selling stacks of lead core wick candles so you should ask Consumer & Business Affairs Victoria, ph 1300558181 [www.consumer.vic.gov.au] whether they have ensured that all such candles are no longer for sale.

Yours sincerely
Elizabeth O'Brien

(Update 2010 See: Banned: Leaded Wick Candles)

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