Warning over millions of unsafe goods entering our ports
Latest figures from National Trading Standards reveal nearly two million unsafe or noncompliant products were identified between April and December 2014.
Children’s toys, cosmetics and DIY products are biggest offenders Children’s scooters, beauty products and LED lights are among 1.9 million items that were intercepted at entry points in England and Wales between April and December 2014, estimates from National Trading Standards reveal.
The new figures, which equate to more than 6,500 detained items every day, are thought to be the ‘tip of the iceberg’ as consumers are urged to take extra care when shopping online.
During the nine-month period analysed by National Trading Standards*, nearly two in five interventions by its Safety at Ports and Borders teams identified products as ‘unsafe or noncompliant’, meaning they posed a risk to the health or safety of consumers. Taking these products out of the supply chain is estimated to save the UK economy over £57 million** in potential costs of injuries, fatalities or fires.
Items detained by the NTS Safety at Ports and Borders teams, who work across 14 local authorities at ports, airports and postal hubs, included 397 home tooth whitening kits containing unsafe levels of hydrogen peroxide, thousands of cosmetic products like shampoo, skin lightening cream and body lotion, LED lights, children’s scooters and other toys.
With consumers increasingly shopping online and searching for a bargain, National Trading Standards is urging everyone to think before they buy and has produced a checklist to help people shop more safely. Top tips include checking out the reviews of the product you want to purchase – or the seller you wish to buy from – and checking that there is a way to contact the seller offline.
To support the work of the NTS Safety at Ports & Borders teams, more funding is being channelled to the teams following a grant from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.
Products detained by NTS Safety at Ports and Borders teams include: Between July – November 2014, 64% of LED lightbulbs tested across various UK border points were found to be unsafe or noncompliant
In Coventry, parcels containing 397 home tooth whitening kits that contained 61 times the permitted amount of hydrogen peroxide were detained
Nearly 1,000 chainsaws imported from China were seized and shown to have a number of crucial faults, including brakes that did not work when the engine was running and a ‘kill switch’ which did not stop the engine immediately
20 unsafe children’s scooters were detained by teams in Suffolk, as well as aquarium lights, electrical chargers, black henna and skateboards
Since April 2013, 9,809 carcinogenic skin lightening creams have been intercepted at Tilbury and Gateway ports
Between April – December 2014, 670,891 cosmetic products including shampoo, skin whitening cream, soap, skin lightening oil, henna products, body lotion and face cream were identified at UK border points as unsafe or noncompliant.
Source: ITV REPORT, 6 March 2015 at 11:44am
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tForce Lighting Ltd, one of the leading and most respected suppliers of LED lighting, has announced that from today, customers can purchase products through a dedicated online shop.
Tforce Lighting is one of the pioneers of the LED lighting industry and has a reputation for adapting the very best LED technology to provide customers with cost effective solutions that are both inventive and attractive. The provision of their new online shop will therefore be welcomed by clients both old and new.
For those who are usually apprehensive about purchasing online, they should have no concerns. Tforce Lighting’s new online store is exceptionally well designed, efficient, attractive, secure and very easy to use. As one would expect from one of the leading companies in the LED lighting sector, the choice and quality of the products available from the online shop are both superb.
The continuing excellent quality of the Tforce Lighting products is achieved by working directly with quality accreditation manufacturer partners. This allows the company to influence both the design and production process of items. As a result, Tforce have no problem developing LED lighting projects that match the requirements of their customers exactly.
Fully aware of the importance placed upon social networking in today’s expanding market and to celebrate the launch of their new online shop, Tforce Lighting are offering a massive 40% pre-grand opening discount for Facebook and Twitter users. The company has its own Twitter tag, @tForce_Lighting and also publishes a blog at https://tforceled.wordpress.com
One element of the business that has made Tforce lighting so successful and promoted them to the top of the LED lighting sector is their excellent customer support. The company have a team of experts who already offer advice to ‘real world’ customers and this facility has now been incorporated into the design of the online shop’s website. A dedicated support link enables both existing and prospective clients to contact the team and obtain support and advice at any time before, during or after purchase.
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For those taking their first steps into LED lighting, the new Tforce Lighting online shop also includes a comprehensive FAQ link which offers valuable advice, clear explanations and an outline of the benefits of using LED lighting over conventional lighting systems.
When purchasing anything online, efficient delivery and quality assurance are both paramount. Tforce Lighting has this fully covered by offering both a 3 year warranty on its products and free shipping to anywhere in the UK for orders of £75 or more. These additions, together with all the other benefits offered by their new online shop, puts Tforce right at the top of the LED lighting supply and installation league.
Customers can take advantage of Tforce Lighting Ltd’s massive 40% pre-grand opening discount by visiting the new online shop at www.tforceled.co.uk
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You can quickly add light exactly where you need it for that work project, relaxing hobby or your child’s homework. LED lighting also adds drama and atmospheric highlights to any room. For kinder and longer-lasting light solutions throughout your home or workplace, make the switch to our LED T8 tubes and bulbs. You’ll find all the information you need here tForce LED eStore