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Some3,000 pirate DVDs have been seized after a raid on a shop in Green Lane, Ilford.A recent test purchase by an officer from Trading Standards who entered the shop to buy DVDs, confirmed that counterfeit DVDs were being sold.Redbridge Trading Standards joined forces with the British Recorded Music Industry and the police to swoop on the shop, which resulted in more than £6000 worth of counterfeit Bollywood DVDs being seized.A Redbridge trading standards spokesman said: "Counterfeit goods undermine the trade of legitimate...
13 Feb 2012
TSI response (PDF 115KB). TSI acknowledges the Government's preferred option but points out that the stated benefits can also be realised by optimising the amount of packaging used in the first place. Trading Standards Officers enforce the Packaging (Essential Requirements) Regulations 2003 and TSI has held a congress and workshops on the subject.
9 Feb 2012
The Trading Standards Institute has employed a young apprentice to assist with administrative duties – 16-year-old Charlie Parker has fittingly started today during Apprenticeship Week.Trading Standards Institute’s chief executive Ron Gainsford said: “We know these are difficult times for young people to get into employment, which is why we thought employing an apprentice would be a great way to do our bit while providing our staff with the administrative support they need.“We are delighted to be able to offer Charlie his...
6 Feb 2012
The ministerial changes last week saw the baton of consumer champion passed from Ed Davey MP to Norman Lamb MP, who is now the new Minister for Employment Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs.The Trading Standards Institute is looking forward to working with the new Minister to continue the work of the past 20 months in re-shaping the country’s consumer landscape. Particularly the role of Trading Standards in achieving new levels of national as well as local impact in empowering and...
6 Feb 2012
TSI response (PDF 38KB). TSI believes that the current legislation does not cover many of the areas of severe detriment faced by park / mobile home residents and that the legislation needs to be completely redrafted. There also needs to be a process whereby an individual / business who has engaged in unfair practices can be prevented from continuing to run a site, or have any interest in one.  
1 Feb 2012
A farmer and animal trader has been jailed for 12 months in a case which Nottinghamshire County Council Trading Standards Officers described as "the most horrific they have ever dealt with". Keith James Littlewood (47) of White Haven Farm, Goosedale Lane, Bestwood , Nottingham had pleaded guilty to four breaches of Animal By-Product Regulations which related to the none disposal of eight bovine, one donkey and an unquantified number of pig and poultry carcases. He has also admitted eight breaches of the...
31 Jan 2012
As from the 1st October 2011 the sale of tobacco products from vending machines became illegal. The Protection from Tobacco (Sales from Vending Machines) (England) Regulations 2010, which prohibits the sale of cigarettes from an automatic machine, carries a maximum fine of £2500.To ensure compliance with the new law,West Yorkshire Trading Standards (WYTSS) recently conducted an inspection of public houses that had a known history of illegal sales to underage test purchasers. It was found that 49 out of 50 premises had...
31 Jan 2012
‘Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service has launched its own business advice twitter as a quick and simple means to help provide Warwickshire businesses with information and advice.Warwickshire County Councillor Richard Hobbs, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety said: “Unfortunately, all too often Warwickshire Trading Standards only comes in to contact with a business when something goes wrong or there is a complaint to investigate.”“Officers would much prefer to stay in regular contact with the business community to offer help and...
31 Jan 2012
Food businesses approved by the Food Standards Agency that change food business operator (FBO) after 31 January 2012 will need a new approval. The new FBO can continue to trade using the existing approval until a new approval assessment is undertaken. This change follows consultation with stakeholders.Businesses will be able to continue operating for up to four weeks after a change of FBO, until their new approval is granted, as long as they have notified the FSA within one week...
31 Jan 2012
Two Nottinghamshire businessmen who took £1000s from the elderly for mobility aids that they never delivered have been warned that they will be jailed if they rip off any more customers. John Cooney (37) of Water Lane, Radcliffe-on-Trent and Carl Nicholas Mould (46) of River Crescent, Waterside Way, Trent Park, Nottingham admitted Contempt of Court for defying an earlier order under the Enterprise Act at Nottingham Magistrates Court today. Judge Ingles adjourned sentencing in the case until December 2014, sparing the duo...
25 Jan 2012