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TSI’s monthly magazine TS Today has been shortlisted in the 2011 Institute of Internal Communication Central Region Awards.TSI’s chief executive Ron Gainsford said: “This is a real credit to everyone involved, including staff at the Trading Standards Institute and Cambridge Publishing Limited, regular contributors and the many TSI members and others who help make it a successful magazine.In these tough times when we're all fighting to prove the value of everything we do, it's great to have feedback from an...
23 Jan 2012
TSI response (PDF 210KB). TSI supports the Consumer Code for Home Builders, and its sense of direction and purpose.  
20 Jan 2012
Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service has been helping private care and nursing homes across the County improve the food served to residents.In 2011, Trading Standards Officers visited ten independent care and nursing homes to inspect and sample the meals being served. The homes were chosen on the basis of those most likely to benefit from their inclusion in the project.The lunch menu was sampled, this included puddings.Officers then sent the samples to their Public Analyst for examination. The meals...
18 Jan 2012
A counterfeit cosmetics operation has been shut down by Redbridge Trading Standards after it was found to be selling fake goods.Following a consumer complaint, Redbridge Trading Standards discovered that a brand of counterfeit cosmetics were being supplied from an internet site operated from a residential address in Woodford Green.The internet website know as Charoux was supplying counterfeit cosmetics labelled as “Benefit” San Francisco brand.A search warrant was obtained from Redbridge Magistrates Court and a raid was carried out in early...
18 Jan 2012
A petrol station owner has been prosecuted for supplying counterfeit cigarettes, following an investigation by Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Trading Standards officers.Manickavasgar Kirupananthan, the owner of the Total Bargoed Service Station at Gwerthnor Place in Bargoed, was prosecuted for supplying counterfeit Benson and Hedges Gold cigarettes.The investigation came to light after a consumer bought a pack and noticed that not only did the cigarettes not taste as they should, one of them injured his lip because of the high burning...
18 Jan 2012
TSI response (PDF 630KB). TSI would welcome the opportunity to work further with DECC to ensure that the laudable intentions of the Green Deal do not happen to the detriment of consumers or good business, through either inadequate controls or the actions of individuals whose ultimate aim is to make a profit regardless of the effect upon consumers or the environment. Local authority trading standards services are well placed to monitor and police the actions of all those involved in the Green Deal, provided...
18 Jan 2012
TSI response (PDF 133KB). TSI expresses its concern at the inclusion in the proposed legislation of the restriction on powers of entry and the requirement to give reasonable notice to businesses before officers can exercise powers of entry (subject to specific exemptions). 
16 Jan 2012
Consumer group UK European Consumer Centre has launched a new booklet called ‘Buying something in the EU? – What you should know’, to arm UK consumers shopping in the European Union in the 2012 with their consumer rights.The UK European Consumer Centre (UK ECC) has produced the booklet to encourage UK consumers to check out their basic consumer rights so that they are safe when making cross-border purchases.Jed Mayatt, UK European Consumer Centre Manager, said: “Every year we help an...
11 Jan 2012
Food businesses approved by the Food Standards Agency are being urged to contact the Agency if they have changed operator since 1 January 2006. Important changes to the approvals process for food business operators (FBOs) take effect in the New Year.   A High Court ruling established that a new approval is needed where there is a new FBO, whether or not other aspects of the business, such as the premises or the operations being carried out, remain unchanged. When an...
10 Jan 2012
Four defendants convicted in November for the involvement in a car matching scams were sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court on 6 January.  The scam netted them over £2.2m in total and targeted over 27,000 customers. Panayotis Christofi received a 30 month prison sentence and was disqualified from being a company director for 8 years.  Craig Brannigan received 24 months imprisonment and was also disqualified from being a company director for 8 years.  Sam Dimmock received 18 months imprisonment and was disqualified...
9 Jan 2012