Fam­ily links mother’s mem­ory is­sues to tap

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS -

A MOTHER who con­sumed wa­ter from a sus­pect tap ev­ery day for a year com­plained of mem­ory prob­lems be­fore lead poi­son­ing con­cerns that re­main un­re­solved be­came pub­lic.

The woman’s hus­band re­cently con­tacted The Couri­erMail frus­trated that 14 months af­ter au­thor­i­ties raised the alarm there is still no de­fin­i­tive proof the Easy Home mixer from Aldi is safe.

The fam­ily, which re­quested anonymity, bought the tap in June 2016 and used wa­ter from it for drink­ing and cook­ing un­til the Queens­land Build­ing and Con­struc­tion Com­mis­sion is­sued an alert in July last year fol­low­ing test­ing by Queens- land Health. The test found wa­ter from the $79.99 tap from China – bought by 12,000 house­holds – con­tained up to 15 times the max­i­mum al­low­able level of lead.

“When that warn­ing came out we stopped us­ing it,” the 36-year-old woman’s hus­band said, “but my wife had be­gun com­plain­ing of mem­ory wor­ries be­fore that.”

How­ever, she did not con­sult a doc­tor. Her hus­band and their young chil­dren did not feel symp­toms.

Aldi and QBCC are un­able to agree on how to do fur­ther, fi­nal test­ing. The QBCC still says house­holds should not use wa­ter from the taps.

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