Businessweek discussed the EU crackdown on non-compliant consumer products:


The European Commission on Thursday credited better market monitoring for a 32 percent rise in 2006 in withdrawals of unsafe consumer goods in Western Europe, nearly half of which came from China.

The EU head office said it was working with Beijing to improve product standards, focusing particularly on safer toys, a category that overtook electrical appliances to top the EU’s list of problem products for the first time.

In 2006, 924 products — from unsafe lighters to wonky strollers to short-circuiting kettles — were identified as too dangerous to be sold in the 27 European Union nations, plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

For the full article, see: EU: Spotting of unsafe products on rise.

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