Product Recall and Safety Notices

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For the latest safety recall notices from the Trading Standards Institute (updates on the TSI website will not be included in our email updates)

Amber Teething Necklaces/Bracelets/Anklets

Suffolk Trading Standards has been made aware of Baltic Amber Teething products, including necklaces, bracelets and anklets, designed and marketed for children under 36 months.

They consist of amber beads which are fossilised tree resin and range in colour from yellow to white and beige to brown.

Suppliers claim that when worn close to the skin, succinic acid will be released by the amber beads to relieve the symptoms of teething.

Some of these items on the UK market have been subjected to safety testing in the UK and have failed.  This is due to the possibility of:

  • small parts becoming detached and ingested
  • the actual item itself, as a whole, becoming a choking  and strangulation hazard
  • magnets used in some clasps cointaining a magnetic flux index over the permitted levels may cause damage by sticking together inside the body if ingested

For example a test item that has been examined and failed was the test for small parts under the Toy Safety Standard BS EN 71.  This seeks to prevent injuries to children under 36 months from choking, inhaling or swallowing small objects via the mouth.  The test involves placing the object into a specially designed test cylinder that is replicated to the size of the throat of a child under 36 months.  If the item fits into the cylinder, it fails.

A Suffolk supplier is currently conducting a voluntary recall on the products sold due to the safety concerns and the lack of evidence to show that these items meet safety requirements.  These items originated from Lithuania and the manufacturer has not been able to provide testing information to state the items are safe.

In our view these items pose a serious risk to children.  Our advice would be to find alternatives measures to soothe the pain of teething, which Health Professionals should be able to assist parents with. 

 ROSPA article- Safety Gone Sane

RAPEX Notifications Report 14 06.04.2012

Category: Toys Product: Flashing toy duck "Love Duck" Brand: Star and Rose Type/number of model: Barcode 9 324679 016782 Country of origin: China

Description: Small, white, flashing toy ducks with red love hearts.

Type of risk: Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains 0.21% by weight of bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP). According to the REACH Regulation, the phthalates DEHP, DBP and BBP are prohibited in all toys and childcare articles, while phthalates DINP, DIDP and DNOP are prohibited in toys or childcare articles that can be placed in the mouth by children.

Action Taken: Voluntary withdrawal from the market and recall from consumers.

Category: Electrical appliances and equipment Product: Tablet computer Brand: Mid Type/number of model: Unknown Country of origin: China Description: 7" Android silver tablet PC with mains charger.

Type of risk: Electric shock

The mains charger supplied with the product poses a risk of electric shock because the internal mains wiring is secured by solder alone and the insulation between the input and output circuits is not sufficient. One incident reported. The product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive and the relevant European standard EN 60950.

Action Taken: Sales ban ordered by the authorities.

RAPEX Notifications Report 10 2012

Product: Pull-along toy "Pulling Animal" Category: Toys

Brand: Happy Nature Type/number of model: Art. Nr. 10574

Country of origin: Germany

Description: The product is a small pull-along wooden toy on wooden wheels that resembles a chicken. It is colourfully painted. The packaging is a clear, rigid plastic box with a cardboard sleeve inside.

Type of risk: Choking

The product poses a risk of choking because small parts (the beak and the comb positioned on the head) can be detached and swallowed by small children. In addition, the labelling of the toy includes contradictory age indications.The product does not comply with the Toys Directive and with the relevant European standard EN 71-1.

Action Taken:Voluntary withdrawal from the market.

 

Product: Travel adaptor "Travel Universal Adaptor" Category: Electrical appliances and equipment Brand: Mountainlife Travel

Product code: 014997 Country of origin: China

Description: Worldwide travel adaptor packed in plastic clamshell Euro-hook hang pack.

Type of risk:Electric Shock

The product poses a risk of electric shock because:it can be inserted into a socket whilst the other live pins are exposed, it is not provided with any shutters to protect against contact with live parts, it has no provision for earthing, internal connections are loose, the disposition of the pins is incorrect, it is not fused.

Action Taken: Voluntary withdrawal from the market and recall from consumers.

 

Product: Gas cooker "Bush AG66T Gas Cooker" Category: Gas appliances and components Brand: Bush/Argos

Type/model number: Bush AG66T/Argos Catalogue Number 489/8146 Country of Origin: Turkey

Description: Gas Cooker

Type of risk: Injuries

 The hinges which hold the lid to the cooker could fail during use due to heat generated by the oven, causing the lid to fall unexpectedly.The product does not comply with the Gas Appliances Directive.

Action Taken: Voluntary stop of sales and corrective action.

 

 

Report 10 (09.03.2012) reproduced with kind permission of the European Commission's Directorate General for Health and Consumers from the original Weekly overview reports of RAPEX notifications published on the European Unions official website 'Europa' through the EU Rapid Alert System for non-food consumer products (RAPEX)

http://ec.europa.eu/rapex

©EU, 2005-2012

"The official contact points of The Member and EFTA-EEA States provide the information published in these weekly overviews. Under the terms of Annex 11.10 to the General Product Safety Directive (2001/95/EC) responsibility for the information provided lies with the notifying party. The Commission does not take any responsibility for the accuracy of the information provided."

RAPEX Notifications Report 8 2012

solar monkeyProduct: Plastic toy "Solar monkey" Category: Toys Brand: Lesser & Pavey Barcode 5 010792 197159

Country of Origin: China

Description: Colourful toy monkey on a solar panel base with flowers either side.

Type of risk: Choking

The product poses a risk of choking because the flowers either side of the monkey are not fixed to the product and could be detached by small children and put in the mouth.The product does not comply with the Toys Directive and with the relevant European standard EN 71-1.

Action Taken:Withdrawal from the market and recall from consumers ordered by the authorities.

solar monkeyProduct: Mains charger "Travel Charger" Category: Electrical appliances and equipment Brand: Furious

Type/number of model: Unknown County of Origin: China

Description: AC/DC adaptor for K750/750i mobile phone (NOT ORIGINAL PRODUCT).

Type of risk: Electric Shock

The product poses a risk of electric shock because it does not have adequate insulation between the input and output circuits.The product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive (LVD) and the relevant European standard EN 61558.

Action Taken: Voluntary recall from consumers.

solar monkeyProduct: Mains charger "3 in 1 charger" Category: Electrical appliances and equipment Brand: Air Walk

Type/number of model: Model: CH302 Country of Origin: China

Description: Charger for iPhone, Ipad, Ipod (NOT ORIGINAL PRODUCT).

Type of risk: Electric Shock and Fire

The pins are inadequately spaced from the periphery which could lead to inadvertent contact with live parts whilst inserting or removing the adaptor from the socket. In addition, the pins are not of the correct size which could cause overheating or arcing within the socket.The product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive (LVD) and the relevant national standard.

Action Taken: Voluntary recall from consumers.

solar monkeyProduct: Mains charger "Phone Travel Charger for V3/W175/L6" (NOT ORIGINAL PRODUCT) Category: Electrical appliances and equipment

Brand: Revive/Bwl Type/number of model: Unknown County of Origin: China

Description: Charger for mobile phone.

Type of risk:Fire and Electric Shock

The product has inadequately sized pins and as a result the mechanical connections between the base and the cover of the adaptor suffer undue strain when inserting or removing the charger from a socket.The product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive (LVD) and the relevant national standard.

Action Taken: Voluntary recall from consumers.

 

Report 8 (24.02.2012) reproduced with kind permission of the European Commission's Directorate General for Health and Consumers from the original Weekly overview reports of RAPEX notifications published on the European Unions official website 'Europa' through the EU Rapid Alert System for non-food consumer products (RAPEX)

http://ec.europa.eu/rapex

©EU, 2005-2012

"The official contact points of The Member and EFTA-EEA States provide the information published in these weekly overviews. Under the terms of Annex 11.10 to the General Product Safety Directive (2001/95/EC) responsibility for the information provided lies with the notifying party. The Commission does not take any responsibility for the accuracy of the information provided."

 

Product Recalls - February 2012

The latest product recalls from Waitrose, Weetabix, Dove Farms and Marks and Spencer, including spiced king prawn salads with incorrect labelling and chocolate and crispy rice bars containing a non-declared allergen. 

 

rainstick trading limited

Beaded Bracelet - Product Recall January 2012

 

Suffolk Trading Standards are working with Rainstick Trading in Saxmundham in regards to a product they are recalling from the market.

The product is a red and black beaded bracelet, as shown above. Rainstick Trading are recalling these bracelets, made from the seeds of the Abrus Precatorius plant, because the seeds could be potentially dangerous if swallowed or came into contact with broken skin.

The majority of these bracelets were sold to the Eden Project in Cornwall, but they have also been supplied to other retailers. If you have bought one of these bracelets, stop wearing it immediately and return it to the retailer, who should issue you with a refund. If you are concerned please contact Consumer Direct on 08454 040506.

Report 48 (02.12.11) reproduced with kind permission of the European Commission's Directorate General for Health and Consumers from the original Weekly overview reports of RAPEX notifications published on the European Unions official website 'Europa' through the EU Rapid Alert System for non-food consumer products (RAPEX)
http://ec.europa.eu/rapex
©EU, 2005-2011
"The official contact points of The Member and EFTA-EEA States provide the information published in these weekly overviews. Under the terms of Annex 11.10 to the General Product Safety Directive (2001/95/EC) responsibility for the information provided lies with the notifying party. The Commission does not take any responsibility for the accuracy of the information provided."