Toys of Chinese origin pose biggest risk to consumers
The Spanish Agency of Consumer Affairs, Food Security and Nutrition (Aecosan) published 725 alerts last year for non-food products can cause a serious risk to consumers, many toys, and mostly from China.
According to the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality in a statement, most of these products were toys (221), electrical products (108) and vehicles and equipment (100) due to the requirements under the regulations.
In the case of toys, the department explains the high number of alerts are subjected by the inspection services directed at a vulnerable population.
Of the 725 products notified through the Red Alert, 479 were withdrawn from the market and prohibited its commercialization, while 116 were detected at the border and their import rejected.
In the remaining 130, it was the manufacturer who, as the legislation requires, advised the authorities of the existence of possible risks in their products and had taken the necessary measures to alleviate them.
In addition to toys, electrical products and vehicles, risk has been detected in 58 children’s fashion products and accessories, 33 personal protective equipment, 28 lights, 25 laser products, 24 electronic cigarettes, 22 fashion products for adults and 20 children’s items , among others.
Regarding the country of origin of these products, most of them (445) were from China, 115 were of unidentified origin, 36 were Spanish, 23 Japanese, 18 from India, 10 from Germany and as many from the USA. Seven were from Austria, United Kingdom and Taiwan, 5 from Thailand, 4 from Bangladesh, Italy and Lithuania, 3 in France and Vietnam and 2 from Cambodia, Korea, Morocco, Poland and Portugal.