The Commission of the European Union (EU) has released statistics for September 2013 on notices of unsafe consumer products that have been processed through the EU’s rapid information system (RAPEX).
According to the Commission’s report, 149 notifications of products posing serious risks to consumers were received through the RAPEX system during the month. Of the notifications received, 33 were related to the product category of clothing, textiles and fashion items (22%), and 27 were related to toys (18%). There were also 10 notifications related to unsafe electrical appliances and equipment, accounting for 7% of the total notifications of products posing serious risks.
Regarding the country of origin identified in connection with products posing serious risks, more than half (94 notifications, or 63%) of all notifications were related to products originating from China, including Hong Kong. Another 22 notifications (15%) related to unsafe products originated in EU Member States. Thirteen notifications (9%) failed to identify any country of origin.