Nov 15, 2016

New Campaign Aims to Stop Sales of Counterfeit Water Filters

Home appliance industry launches “Filter It Out”

campaign, water filters, refrigerators, safety

The Assn. of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), in partnership with the manufacturers of 17 leading refrigerator brands, has announced a campaign to educate consumers on the growing risk of unknowingly buying counterfeit and deceptively labeled water filters for refrigerators. The campaign, titled “Filter It Out,” provides information and resources to assist consumers in their search for replacement filters that are reliable and can be trusted to filter out impurities in their drinking water.  

Independent testing and manufacturers' testing shows that installing counterfeit or deceptively labeled water filters into refrigerators can result in failure to remove contaminants from consumers’ drinking water. In addition, poor fit for individual refrigerators may damage the refrigerator and the kitchen, if leaks occur. Counterfeit and deceptively labeled water filters do not contain the same technologies as devices certified by refrigerator manufacturers and often fail to include key filter components needed to keep water clean. Most are not tested to specific industry standards such as NSF/ANSI Standards 42 and 53 and may not properly fit the appliance as claimed.