An Electrolux Home Products Distribution Centre has been closed by Australian Border Security following the detection of a beetle which has the potential to cause up to $15.5 billion in damage to the Australian economy.
In a statement obtained by Appliance Retailer, Electrolux confirmed that the distribution centre in Casula near Crossroads in Sydney has been closed following the potential outbreak of the Khapra Beetle.
The Electrolux Home Products Distribution Centre in Casula, NSW has been closed by Australian Border Security following detection of beetle activity associated with a shipping container delivered to the site,” the statement said.
“The beetles were located in the packaging of refrigerators which have subsequently been delivered to retailers. All refrigerators have been accounted for and are currently being inspected,” the statement continued.
“The site will undertake extensive fumigation under the control of the Australian Government. This will result in the closure of the site for a short period, which will affect deliveries to consumers and retailers. The beetle presents no risk to the health or safety of any persons coming into contact with it,” the statement concluded.
Electrolux also sent this statement to retailers yesterday:
Dear Retail Partner,
We regret to advise that the Electrolux Distribution Warehouse in NSW has been closed temporarily following a directive from Border Security.
Evidence of beetle activity deemed to be a potential Biosecurity threat was found in a shipping container that was delivered to the warehouse. The beetle was also found to have made its way into some product packaging in the container.
The affected units from the container have all been tracked.
The beetle presents no threat to the health or safety of any person who may have come into contact with it.
Unfortunately Retail Store and Consumer Home deliveries will be impacted by the closure in the short term.
We anticipate operations will be back up and running over the coming days and will advise accordingly.
We apologise for the inconvenience at this time.
Our Customer Service Team and Account Managers are fully operational and if you have any order related inquiries please don’t hesitate to make contact.