Unilever Australasia - Counterfeit OMO seizure

Unilever Australasia today praised the efforts of NSW Police and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service in seizing 40 tonnes of counterfeit OMO laundry powder in Sydney. We would like to reassure all OMO consumers that the product currently being distributed and sold in a range of pack sizes and marked as “Made in New Zealand” is genuine and guaranteed to perform in line with their expectations.

Customs Officers detained the shipment of laundry powder, packaged in nine-kilo square buckets and claiming to be “OMO” from China to stop it from entering the Australian market.

The material seized by authorities is part of an ongoing Police investigation into the importation and sale of counterfeit OMO laundry powder. Earlier this year, Police seized 33 tonnes of counterfeit OMO in similar packaging.

OMO is Unilever’s global laundry brand and has held a market leading position in the Australian market for decades.

Unilever Australia General Counsel Mary Weir said: “We would like to thank the NSW Police and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service for their ongoing commitment to ensuring that consumers can buy well known and trusted brands like OMO with confidence.

“Unilever Australia would like to reassure all its OMO consumers that the product currently being distributed and sold in a range of pack sizes and marked as “Made in New Zealand” is genuine and guaranteed to perform in line with their expectations. Any consumers that may have inadvertently purchased counterfeit product in nine kilo square buckets are advised to return the product to the retailer and request a full refund” said Weir.

Police charges in relation to the alleged offences including attempted importation and sale are pending.

Consumers requiring further information should call the OMO Careline on 1800 225 508.

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