The Commission of the European Union (EU) has released statistics on notices of unsafe consumer products that have been processed through the EU’s rapid information system (RAPEX) during July 2011.
According to the Commission’s report, 136 notifications of products posing a serious risk to health and safety were processed through the RAPEX system during the month. This compares with 145 notifications of unsafe products reported in July 2010, a 3% decrease year over year. Of the notifications of products presenting a serious risk to consumers received during the month, 55 (40%) were related to clothing, textiles and fashion items, with an additional 25 (18%) related to toys and 12 (9%) related to electrical appliances. There were also 15 notifications related to motor vehicles (11%).
Regarding the country of origin identified in connection with products posing a serious safety risk, more than half of all notifications (77, or 57%) were once again related to products originating from China, including Hong Kong. Another 19 notifications (14%) of unsafe products originated in EU Member States. Seven notifications (5%) failed to identify any country of origin.