The Commission of the European Union (EU) has released statistics for April 2010 on notices of unsafe consumer products that have been processed through the EU’s rapid information system (RAPEX).
According to the Commission’s report, 152 notifications of unsafe products were received through the RAPEX system during the month. This number is slightly larger than the 145 notifications received in April 2009, but less than half of the number of notifications received in February 2010, when RAPEX reported 323 notifications of unsafe products.
Of the 152 total notifications received, toys continue to top the list of unsafe products, with 37 notifications (29%), with electrical appliances accounting for 15 notifications (12%). There were also 22 notifications related to unsafe motor vehicles, accounting for 17% of the total notifications.
Regarding the country of origin identified in connection with products presenting a serious risk, more than half (69 notifications, or 53%) were related to products originating from China, including Hong Kong. Another 24 notifications (19%) of products presenting a serious risk originated in EU Member States. Ten notifications of serious risk (8%) failed to identify any country of origin.