RETAIL chain Aldi has withdrawn thousands of pocket knives from sale around Australia this morning following accusations they were a "socially irresponsible company".
Ipswich City councillor Paul Tully called on the German-based international retailer to recall the long-bladed knives from their 200 Australian stores claiming they should not be sold in supermarket aisles available to young people.
The knives went on sale this morning after being promoted in a glossy 20-page brochure during the past week.
An Aldi spokesman said the retailer had received only a small number of complaints about the knives - which were readily available in camping shops - but it was taking action in the interests of social responsibility.
"I congratulate Aldi on their quick decision to pull these knives off their shelves," he said.
"Aldi's lead should be followed by discount department stores who are selling knives which end up as lethal weapons on Australian streets," Cr Tully said.
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