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Case 402 - Factory shop destroyed flood damaged clothing due to health and safety

Issue

A Factory shop destroyed flood damaged clothing rather than donating it to charity for health and safety reasons.

Panel opinion

The company decided to destroy and discard the stock as it was contaminated by flooding containing sewage effluent. The method used ensured ‘skip divers’ were unable to use the clothing themselves or sell it onto the public. The decision was reasonable under the circumstances given the potential exposure to harmful organisms in the contaminated clothing.

2016-11-04