The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has become tech-savvy with the launch of its Recalls Australia iPhone app to provide easily accessible information on recalled consumer goods.

Aimed at consumers and based on information from the Recalls Australia website the app will provide searchable information on Australian consumer good recalls.

The app lists information for each recall, allowing consumers to quickly identify the recalled product, where it was sold, and – importantly – what to do if you have one of the products.

ACCC deputy chairman Peter Kell said this means that for consumers, they will be able to quickly and easily check for recalled products on their phone.

“For example, you could be at a garage sale, where a recalled product might have unwittingly been made available for purchase,” he said.

 “Additionally, the app allows you to report products you think are unsafe directly to the ACCC. You can even attach a photo you’ve taken from your phone of the product,” Mr Kell said.

The launch of this app follows the 2010 launch of the Product Safety Australia website, the ACCC’s Product Safety Twitter profile @ProductSafetyAU and its YouTube Channel.