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A non-compliant cable alert by the Approved Cables Initiative (ACI) to retailer Wilko has led the nationwide chain to remove from sale a total of eleven branded loose electrical cable products. Wilko (previously known as Wilkinson), a British high street retailer with more than 370 stores, was contacted by the ACI earlier this year. It followed the discovery of household power cable marked `ccc’ which does not appear to be a recognised manufacturer’s name (a requirement of the relevant cable standards BS 6004 or BS 6500 - now in the BS EN 50525 series) on sale in stores and available to purchase online.
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The Approved Cables Initiative (ACI) is an industry-wide working group with supply chain representative bodies that has been established to address the issue of unsafe, non-approved and counterfeit cable entering the UK marketplace.
The first initiative of its kind in the electrical industry the ACI is direct in its approach to investigate and publicise the findings of cables found to be faulty, counterfeit or non-compliant with British, European or International Standards.