More dangerous products in europe

More dangerous products in europe

The investigators reported 2278 risky activities that endangered health last year – an increase of more than a quarter compared to 2011, as the EU commission announced in its "rapex" report on thursday. Authorities warned consumers with recalls, took products off the market or imposed sales bans.

One reason for the increase, according to the eu commission, is better controls. Eu consumer protection commissioner tonio borg said: "the products that go into the hands of european consumers are safe." In 2011, the number of alerts had temporarily decreased.

The alarm was sounded most frequently by the whalers for textiles. Every third product complained about was clothing that triggered allergies or contained carcinogenic substances. Almost one-fifth of the warnings concerned dangerous toys, the parts of which could be swallowed by children, for example. In third place were electrical appliances – for example, with defective power supply units that easily catch fire or generate electric shocks.

More than half of these goods still come from china, one of the eu’s most important trading partners. "The high number corresponds to the volume of trade with china," borg said in explanation. More than 90 percent of all toys sold in the EU come from chinese production. Products from turkey and the u.S. Follow by a wide margin. After all, three percent of the goods came from germany. The testers were particularly active in this area: germany provided 167 tips, putting it in fourth place.

EU countries warn each other about dangerous products via the rapex database. In this way, the items are to disappear from the market quickly. Rapex covers consumer goods with the exception of food and medicines.


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