CONSUMERS: JOUROVA (EU), "2,500 DANGEROUS GOODS RECALLED"

(Sir Europe – Brussels) – "In 2014, nearly 2,500 goods, from toys to cars, were prevented from entering the EU or sent out of the domestic market as dangerous for European consumers". This has been announced by the EU Commission, which has published a set of data about this. "For 12 years, the EU Commission and the member states have been cooperating – this is the starting point – to make sure all consumer goods put on the market are safe". Consumer protection commissioner Vìra Jourová explains: "In Europe, all goods must be safe for our citizens. Potentially harmful goods must be recalled as soon as possible. This is why we have set up a quick alert system, a tool that has turned out to be very effective over these years". The quick alert system makes sure data on dangerous goods, other than foodstuffs, that are recalled from any European market are quickly exchanged between the member states and the EU Commission. Last year, toys (28%) and clothes, textiles and fashion items (23%), were the two main classes of goods that underwent restrictions. Chemical risks, risks of injury or suffocation were the most frequently reported risks. China is still the main country of origin of dangerous goods: 64% of the total number of reports.

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