An urgent warning has been issued about inaccurate do-it-yourself COVID-19 testing kits being imported into Australia.
Almost 300 home testing kits for COVID-19 have been intercepted by the Australian Border Force in the past couple of weeks.
Two batches of about 250 test kits were intercepted after arriving in Perth and third batch of 40 kits was seized in Melbourne.
The kits are being shipped into Australia from Hong Kong and other parts of China.
The test kits have not been approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said the kits did not provide accurate results, and therefore posed a serious health risk.
“Inaccurate results could prevent people from seeking the medical help they need, or alternatively, discourage people who should be self-isolating from doing so,” Mr Dutton said in a statement on Sunday.
“Our ABF officers at the border are on alert for any unauthorised or homemade COVID-19 products and they will continue working day and night to ensure these dangerous goods don’t make it into Australian households and communities,” Mr Dutton said.
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