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Aug
15th

Alarmist claim about mould in ABC News story

by Sarah Bailey, Senior Consultant

A few months ago QED assisted a prominant property in Townsville with a remediation plan in the aftermath of the february floods. So this recent headline Townsville flood aftermath: Resident's relentless mould battle six months after monsoon event caught my eye.

Living in a mouldy building can certainly lead to serious health issues, but when I read in the original article a claim by a carpet remediation contractor that mould causes lung cancer, I could not stay silent. Imagine the anxiety this misinformation would cause to people living in mouldy houses.

So I wrote to the ABC suggesting they fact-check, and the online story was edited.

I lead the national practice for mould investigation at QED Environmental Services and our approach is to make practical and sensible recommendations based on scientific consensus, without the sensationalist zeal we come across from time to time in this segment of our industry.


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