The 2012 report on unsafe products has just been released. The report details that a total of 2,278 measures against dangerous non-food products, were taken by Member States and reported in the EU Rapid Information system (RAPEX).
The main products found to be dangerous include clothing, textiles and fashion items, followed by toys. These were the main areas where corrective measures had to be taken. The main risks associated with these products were chemical risks, risk of strangulation and risk of injury. In clothing one of the key issdues was dangerous chords on children’s clothing and swimwear. Other examples include things like cosmetics, electrical goods and motor vehicles.Where were these things coming from? China remains the number one country of origin for unsafe products. To improve this situation, the EU is working with China to exchange information, and inform both Chinese manufacturers and European importers and make sure dangerous products don’t end up on the market.
Find out more information: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-13-438_en.htm