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Con­sumer NZ wants man­u­fac­tur­ers of flushable wipes to drop claims th­ese prod­ucts are “flushable”.

A Con­sumer test of 11 flushable wipes found they don’t break down read­ily and can block sew­ers.

Con­sumer chief ex­ec­u­tive Sue Chetwin said mar­ket­ing of th­ese wipes had in­creased sales but the prod­ucts had de­servedly at­tracted flack be­cause of prob­lems they can cause.

“De­spite claims th­ese prod­ucts are safe to flush, our test found they don’t break down read­ily. The re­sult can be an un­wel­come bill from your plumber,” Ms Chetwin said.

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