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    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills
    The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

    Ekka safety blitz underway

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills
    The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

    Thursday, August 10, 2017

    Ekka safety blitz underway

    The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is tackling consumer product safety at Brisbane’s annual Ekka show, performing product safety assessments of toys and goods found in showbags and throughout the Ekka.

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath said Fair Trading product safety inspectors had checked 241 showbags and 280 regulated product lines, including projectile toys, cosmetics, sunglasses and toys for children under age three.

    Unregulated products found in show bags were also given a general safety assessment by inspectors.

    Mrs D’Ath said show bag compliance was a priority but parents also had a role to play.

    “We know how excited children get about showbags and some spend a lot of time choosing exactly how to spend their pocket money.

    “But we’d encourage parents to also do some research and check the contents either online on in the pavilion, to make sure they’re age-appropriate.”

    One toy was removed from a showbag this year as it was deemed unsafe due to the ease with which a child could access a button battery.

    A further five products have been voluntarily removed as the supplier was unable to demonstrate the products complied with mandatory safety requirements.

    Sixteen products are also awaiting further testing or responses from suppliers to confirm they meet all requirements.

    Fair Trading Executive Director Brian Bauer Mr Bauer said the OFT was pleased with the level of cooperation received from traders and suppliers following recommendations set out in the recently released Industry code for consumer goods that contain button batteries

    “It is heartening to see traders recognising the dangers of button batteries and adhering to the Code, which was created to reduce the number of deaths and injuries resulting from children swallowing batteries,” Mr Bauer said.

    The Code recommends suppliers of goods containing button batteries ensure safety features are included in their products, such as the battery enclosure requiring a tool to open.

    Mrs D’Ath said when buying showbags or toys, parents should always:

    • choose products that are well made and meet mandatory Australian safety standards
    • check toys are age suitable
    • remember that toy size matters – the smaller the child the bigger the toy should be (anything smaller than a 35 millimetre film canister or ping pong ball is too small for a child under three)
    • be wary of products that, because of their shape, may be easily swallowed or have sharp edges or points
    • avoid toys with small magnets
    • be wary of long strings, as anything more than 30cm can tangle to form a noose or wrap around a child’s neck and become a strangulation hazard
    • secure battery compartments, being wary of products containing button batteries
    • provide adequate supervision, close supervision by a responsible adult is essential.

    Fair Trading inspectors will continue to examine show bags throughout Ekka.

    As there is always a chance that vendors may hurriedly replace a sold out item if demand outstrips expectation, consumers should report anything they are concerned about to the OFT.

    Any toys suspected of being unsafe can be reported to the OFT at www.qld.gov.au/fairtrading or by calling 13 QGOV (13 74 68).

    Traders can find information on toy safety standards, the latest product bans and the industry code for button batteries at www.productsafety.gov.au.

     

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