The number of dangerous products identified in the EU has risen sharply over the last year, according to the Report on the “Rapid Alert System” (RAPEX) for non-food consumer products published today by the Commission. Through RAPEX, national authorities notify to the Commission products presenting a serious risk for the health and safety of consumers, with the exception of food, pharmaceutical and medical products. Notifications almost doubled from 388 in 2004 to 701 in 2005. Close to 50% of the notifications concerned imported products. Out of all notifications, 25% referred to toys. Electrical appliances are also of serious concern. Enhanced participation from all EU Member States, joint efforts with and between national market surveillance and customs authorities, and co-operation with third countries are needed to help solve the problem.
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