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1.9 million Unsafe Items Seized at Ports in 2014

March 9, 2015
Trading Standards

Children’s scooters, beauty products and LED lights were among the 1.9 million items detained by Trading Standards Officers at ports in England and Wales between April and December 2014.

During the nine month period analysed by National Trading Standards, almost 40% of interventions by Safety at ports and Borders teams, who operate across 14 local authorities at ports, airports and postal hubs, identified products as ‘unsafe or non-compliant.’

The figures which show more than 6,500 products being detained every day, are thought to be the tip of the iceberg, as consumers search for bargains online as Lord Toby Harris, National Trading Standards Chair explained.

“In this country it is easy to take for granted that everything we buy will be safe. But on the internet you are exposed to rogue traders all over the world who are waiting to lure you in with tempting deals for products that are frankly dangerous,” He said. “Protecting consumers from harm is our top priority and our Safety at Ports and Borders teams are uncovering thousands of unsafe items at check points every day.”

It’s estimated that taking products out of the supply chain saved the economy over £57 million in 2014 by preventing costs associated with potential, fatalities, injuries and fires.

As a result of the findings National Trading Standards has produced a check-list to help consumers shop more safely online.