THE Trading Standards team at Thurrock Council have stopped over 28,500 unsafe and non-compliant products entering the UK through working in partnership with DP World London Gateway and The Port of Tilbury.
During the inspections between April and September this year, and through working closely with the teams at both ports, officers examined 185 different products to determine whether they were suitable for the public.
The Trading Standards team enforce product safety law, which requires all goods entering and distributed in the UK to be safe – the products seized posed a number of risks including choking and electric shock.
Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods, Cllr Sue MacPherson, said: “By preventing these products from entering the supply chain, we have saved the UK economy almost £900,000, which would have been spent on dealing with product recalls, injuries and fires.”
The seized goods, which were destroyed at the border at the expense of the importer, included:
7,800 plastic toys imported from China which pose a choking hazard due to small parts
3,000 skin lightening creams imported from Nigeria
60 seashell lamps fitted with a two-pin plug that posed a serious risk of electric shock
50 folding electric bicycles (known as ‘pedelecs’) not CE marked
956 plush monkey dolls that posed a choking hazard and not CE marked
Cllr Sue MacPherson, added: “This vital work doesn’t just protect the people of Thurrock from unsafe goods – but the whole country.
“Through the cooperation with colleagues at London Gateway and Tilbury ports, our officers have stopped thousands of hazardous products and saved the economy hundreds of thousands of pounds – my thanks go to everyone involved in keeping our community safe.”
Trading Standards advice and other support for businesses can be found at thurrock.gov.uk/business