EUROPEAN COMMISSION SAYS DANGEROUS CONSUMER GOODS IMPORTS ON RISE

BY KEITH NUTHALL

THE NUMBER of dangerous products reported to the European Union's (EU) consumer safety hotline RAPEX in 2007 rose 56% compared with 2006, but that is not necessarily bad news says the European Commission. RAPEX was launched in 2004, and circulates non-food product safety alerts from EU governments to all 27 member states. There were 1,605 such notifications last year, compared to 1,051 in 2006, and just 468 in 2004. A Commission note said: "The steady growth in RAPEX alerts can be ascribed to more effective product safety ...


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