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‘Made in China’ Tops EU List of Unsafe Products

Posted March 24, 2015

Under EU Customs Issues, International Trade Issues

(Agence France-Presse)

From toy-shaped cigarette lighters to a short-circuiting plush rabbit that catches fire, a European safety watchdog warned Monday of a growing number of dangerous products for sale, with most coming from China.

The watchdog said it had issued 2,435 notifications of unsafe products ranging from children’s playthings to clothing and appliances in 2014, which was 3% more than in 2013. 64% of the dangerous goods were made in China, including Hong Kong, the same figure as 2013, said the Rapid Alert System (RAPEX), which includes the 28 EU states as well as Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

“For me, as a mother and already a grandmother, the high number of harmful products among toys is alarming, so please beware of what you give your children to play with,” said Vera Jourova, the European commissioner for consumer affairs. “It was also surprising how high a number of harmful products comes to the European market from China,” she told a press conference in Brussels. Click here to read more.