Newscast Media BEIJING—The European Commission has warned of a rising number of
notifications relating to the import of consumer products registered as dangerous to
consumers. It said most of the dangerous goods are coming from China.
In 2013, EU member countries notified 2,364 non-food products as potentially
dangerous, with the warnings being made through the bloc’s Rapid Alert System
Toys, textiles, clothing and fashion items in general were the largest group of goods
found to pose a danger, the Commission’s annual report said Tuesday. Among
the identified problems were chemical, strangulation, injury and choking risks.
Examples included collapsing pushchairs for small children and tattoo ink containing
“European consumers already benefit from one of the highest levels of product safety
in the world,” Consumer Policy Commissioner Neven Mimica said in a statement.
“Nevertheless, non-compliant, unsafe consumer goods still circulate on the market in
Europe,” he said, warning every actor must “remain vigilant.”
Mimica pointed out that two thirds of the notified products originated in China, with
the rate up from 58 percent a year earlier.
“We’re really working closely with the Chinese authorities, because we need to
develop and to deliver our concept of safety at source,” the commissioner argued,
adding that Chinese authorities had been quite responsive to EU criticism in this
Most RAPEX notifications were registered in Hungary, followed by Germany, Spain,
Bulgaria and the UK.
Source: Deutsche Welle