Hoard of illegal consumer goods seized

By on 04/02/2011 in News

Trading Standards Officers have today unveiled a hoard of thousands of illegal consumer goods seized this week from a warehouse in the Small Heath area of the city.

 Nearly all of the products were imported through the Middle East without any indication that they had been tested to meet the requirements of European legislation.

 The items include cosmetics, creams and toiletries that do not give any indication as to whether they comply with any relevant safety legislation, electrical products that fail to meet safety laws or suit UK electrical fittings/supplies, and furniture with no evidence regarding compliance with fire safety legislation.

 The importer was traced back to Small Heath after officers came across a high number of illegal goods during test purchasing of cosmetics made through various retailers in the Birmingham area.

 A spokesman From Birmingham Trading Standards said: “The premises were an Aladdin’s cave, filled from floor to ceiling with goods failing to meet with EU and UK legislation, or provide any way that Birmingham residents could tell what was contained within.

 “We'd urge all shoppers to be extra vigilant when buying goods which have been imported directly from abroad. If the labelling is not in English, or a language you personally can read, there is little way of knowing what is inside, or if a product contains harmful substances.”

Investigations into the Small Heath seizure are ongoing.

Any members of the public who have concerns about products they have bought from shops in Birmingham that appear to carry unclear or misleading product information should get in touch with trading standards on 0121 303 6031.

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