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Saturday 20 October 2018

Over 700 unsafe Halloween products seized at Dublin Port are destroyed

A Dublin Fire Brigade briefing was held recently on how to enjoy the Halloween celebrations safely
A Dublin Fire Brigade briefing was held recently on how to enjoy the Halloween celebrations safely

More than 700 products associated with Halloween have been seized at Dublin Port and destroyed by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC).

It said the products did not meet EU safety standards and were not safe for Irish consumers.

The majority of the products seized were children's accessory props.

Among them were "ninja weapon" play sets, "weapon fights" sets and "pirates adventure" sets.

As part of an operation supported by Revenue and Customs, two consignments containing Halloween products were seized and analysed.

"The CCPC determined that the products did not meet the required safety standards set out in Irish and European legislation," a statement said.

Standards

"Following this determination, the CCPC ordered the destruction of the products."

Aine Carroll, of the CCPC, explained that the organisation's aim was to ensure goods on the Irish market do not present a safety risk.

"These items did not meet required safety standards, and so we took the necessary steps to ensure that consumers were not put at risk," she said.

Ms Carroll pointed out that products which have been certified safe carry the mark 'CE'.

"Particularly at this time of the year when children are dressing up for Halloween, it is important that parents remember to check costumes and toys for a CE mark as these labels show that the manufacturer has complied with national and international standards," she said.

"Parents should also follow any safety warnings attached to garments such as, 'Warning Keep Away From Fire'."

Consumers who have seen a product they believe is unsafe can contact the commission at ccpc.ie.

"We remind manufacturers, importers and distributors that they have a duty to ensure that the toys they wish to sell, including costumes and props, comply with product safety standards," Ms Carroll said.

"Failure to do so may not only result in financial loss to the trader but, more importantly, their products may cause physical harm, particularly to children."

Ms Carroll also pointed out that the CCPC works closely with Customs in conducting extensive market surveillance to check compliance.

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