WoolProducers Australia disappointed over wool substitution

4 October, 2017

Peak woolgrower representative body WoolProducers Australia (WoolProducers) is disappointed to learn of the recent discovery of wool substitution in a transaction with China.

WoolProducers CEO, Jo Hall said ‘Australian woolgrowers produce the best quality Merino wool in the world but incidents like these are damaging to the integrity of our industry’.

In 2016/17, Australia exported 254mkg of wool to China, representing 79.3% of the Australian wool clip, with a value of $2.4 billion.

‘China is clearly our dominant trade partner and we simply cannot afford to erode any trust or confidence with them, which is why any case of wool substitution is so concerning’. Ms Hall said.

The Australian wool industry has robust processes in place to ensure the quality and integrity of the product to our trade partners.

‘Whilst this incident is completely unacceptable, the fact that it has been uncovered demonstrates that the integrity systems in place for the quality assurance of Australian wool do work’. Ms Hall said.

As this is an active police investigation very little can be said on this specific incident, however WoolProducers are of the firm belief that anybody caught substituting Australian wool has no place in our industry.

‘Substitution of Australian wool jeopardises the excellent reputation that Australian woolgrowers and the wider industry have strived to achieve.’ Ms Hall said.

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WoolProducers Australia contact:

Jo Hall

Chief Executive Officer

0488 554 811