EU Commission releases recent RAPEX stats on unsafe consumer products

The Commission of the European Union (EU) has released statistics for February 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, 323 notifications of unsafe products were received through the RAPEX system during the month. This is almost double the number of notifications received one year ago in February 2009, when the RAPEX system recorded just 163 notifications.

Of the 323 notifications received, 71 were related to the product category of toys (25%), and 33 were related to electrical appliances (12%). There were also 20 notifications related to unsafe motor vehicles, accounting for 7% of the total notifications.

Regarding the country of origin identified in connection with unsafe products, more than half (190 notifications, or 68%) of all notifications were related to products originating from China, including Hong Kong. Another 39 notifications (14%) of unsafe products originated in EU Member States. Eleven notifications (4%) failed to identify any country of origin.

View the complete text of the Commission’s most recent report on RAPEX statistics