86% of the products examined by Thurrock Council Trading Standards are unsafe or non-compliant.
Between July and September, 97 consignments from countries including China, USA, Nigeria and Hong Kong were intercepted at ports and examined by the team.
Of the 220 different products which were examined, 86% were found to be unsafe or non-compliant – and were stopped from making it into the hands of consumers.
49,000 products were assessed to be unsafe and 39,000 non-compliant, including products such as laptop adapters, wireless drones, hair straighteners, UV nail lamps, children’s scooters, mothballs, hair dyes and costume jewellery.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said: “As we come up to Christmas, residents need to know that if the price of a toy or a present seems too good to be true – chances are it is. Faulty electrical goods can lead to fires or electrocution, low grade materials can break and cause injuries. Toxic levels of ingredients can cause burns, illness and even prove fatal.
“Our Trading Standards team receive funding from National Trading Standards and work tirelessly to prevent these unsafe products ending up being sold. Residents can also help in this fight by reporting any concerns they may have or faulty goods they have purchased.”
For more information on Trading Standards, go to thurrock.gov.uk/tradingstandards and to report any unsafe items or raise concerns please call 03454 040506.