The Commission of the European Union (EU) has released statistics for March 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, 132 notifications of products posing serious risks to consumers were received through the RAPEX system during the month. This is down from the number of notifications received one year ago in March 2012, when the RAPEX system recorded 159 notifications.
Of the notifications received, 53 were related to the product category of clothing, textiles and fashion items (40%), and 30 were related to toys (23%). There were also 10 notifications related to unsafe electrical appliances and equipment, accounting for 8% 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 (74 notifications, or 56%) of all notifications were related to products originating from China, including Hong Kong. Another 21 notifications (16%) related to unsafe products originated in EU Member States. Eleven notifications (8%) failed to identify any country of origin.