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Sunday 20 August 2017

Nearly 2,500 products pulled over child safety

Almost 2500 products were withdrawn from the EU market last year as they were deemed to be dangerous to children.

A total of 2,435 were either stopped before they entered the EU or removed from markets because they were too dangerous.

This figure represents a 3pc increase on the previous year's figures, which the European Commission is describing as "better protection" for consumers through more hazardous items being stopped from entering the market.

Among the products that posed the biggest risk were toys, which accounted for 28pc of items withdrawn, followed closely by clothing, textile and fashion items with 23pc.

The most frequently notified risk was that of injury, chemical risk or choking, with most chemical risks notified being related to shoes and leather articles.

China, including Hong Kong, remains the country with the highest number of alerts, with a whopping 64pc of faulty products originating from the Asian nation. The European Commission collaborates closely with China through the 'Rapid alert system- CHINA' application to ensure that the Chinese authorities tackle any product safety issues on the ground.

Around 14pc of faulty items come from the EU - 28 countries in the European Economic Area (EEA), while the origins are unknown for 7pc of products deemed too dangerous to market.

The EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Vera Jourova highlighted the need for consumers to be protected.

"Every product in Europe needs to be safe for our citizens. Products that cause harm have to be removed from the market as quickly as possible," she said.

"This is why we have created the Rapid Alert System. This is a very practical example of EU cooperation to the benefit of our citizens."

hnews@herald.ie

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