In 2011, a total of 1,556 notifications of products posing a serious risk to consumers’ health and safety were made in the European Union member countries. Most of the notifications concerned clothing, textiles and fashion items.
Notifications of dangerous products and subsequent measures are collected in the EU in the RAPEX system. The system helps to disseminate information about dangerous products between member states.
In 2011, the system received the highest number of notifications on clothing, textiles and fashion items. There are still banned ribbons and cords in children’s clothing, posing a risk of strangulation. A lot of notifications were also made concerning toys, motor vehicles, electrical equipment and cosmetics. The surveillance of these product groups is being stepped up in many member states.
The RAPEX system, very useful for authorities, businesses and consumers, advises retailers and buyers through weekly overviews. This way, they can avoid a dangerous product ending up in their own store selections and save them from expensive consequences. Companies are liable for product safety and under obligation to notify the authorities about safety risks and dangerous features found in their products.