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National Consumer Week 2010 will be taking place 20 – 24 September and the theme is Online Shopping.  As ever, we will work closely with trading standards across the country to achieve another successful event that will be informative to both consumers and businesses.More details will be follow very soon.Fake Sites, Fake Products – watch out and stay safe!
30 Mar 2010
A trading standards testing initiative has revealed serious safety issues with second hand electrical goods.Nine out of 15 items, from six different shops, were found to be electrically unsafe.Redbridge Trading Standards teamed up with the Fire Brigade to check second-hand electrical goods being sold in shops to make sure required safety standards were being met.A spokesman from Redbridge trading standards said: ‘Many deaths and injuries result from poorly maintained electrical equipment and fires started by faulty electrical appliances.  ‘Anyone buying...
30 Mar 2010
A head teacher once hailed a ‘wonder woman’ on national tv has been found guilty of conning students into taking courses leading to worthless qualifications, and for providing illegal immigration services.Roselle Antoine MBE could now face jail for her six-year scam that cost Jamaican students thousands of pounds, after a successful prosecution jointly carried out by Brent and Harrow Trading Standards and the Office of Immigration Services Commissioner at Southwark Crown Court.Ms Antoine, who was awarded her MBE for services...
29 Mar 2010
The Trading Standards Institute is delighted to see its opposition vindicated as plans for a full harmonisation of consumer rights across the EU are abandoned.TSI set out its concerns of the negative impact resulting on UK consumers in its response to the Consumer Rights Directive consultation in February 2009 and subsequently to a House of Lords select committee.TSI’s chairman David Sanders said: ‘The Consumer Rights Directive had the potential to set back the consumer cause in the UK almost a...
26 Mar 2010
Baroness Christine Crawley, president of TSI, hosted a lunch for vice-presidents in the Attlee Room at the House of Lords yesterday. Among the distinguished guests were Lord Howe, Lord Borrie, Lord Graham, Baroness Wilcox, Baroness Garden, Lord Whitty, the Earl of Lindsay and John Whittingdale MP.  The discussion ranged from scam mail to the issues facing trading standards post-election. Ron Gainsford, TSI CEO previewed the content of the soon to be published TSI manifesto and Noel  Hunter, Chair of TSI...
25 Mar 2010
TSI response (PDF 104KB). TSI supports the amendment of the English regulations to introduce an ambulatory reference to Regulation (EC) 1924/2006 as amended from time to time. This would be the most efficient of the options presented.
25 Mar 2010
Following a recall in the United States of Infantino SlingRider baby slings, and advice from Buckinghamshire trading standards, Infantino UK have issued the following statement:Infantino Commits to Work with Consumer Product Safety Commission in the US and Trading Standards in the UK on Ongoing Investigation of Sling-Style Baby Carriers‘At Infantino, our top priority is the safety of infants whose parents and caregivers use our products, and we highly value the trust that mothers and families place in the company’s products...
24 Mar 2010
TSI response (PDF 120KB). TSI calls for a very much shorter simpler document outlining the fundamental issues and signposting where more details are available would be more useful for SMEs and the regulators to whom they will be turning for advice.
23 Mar 2010
An investigation led by Sandwell Council trading standards officers has resulted in the successful prosecution of three eBay conmen, who defrauded buyers out of hundreds of thousands of pounds.Jason Messenger was jailed this week for 18 months after trading standards officers and police first raided his home in November 2007 and found thousands of pounds worth of fake Nike, Timberland, Adidas and Lacoste trainers, along with other counterfeit clothing, perfume, handbags and sunglasses.Messenger’s nephew Kevin Gibbons was also convicted of selling...
22 Mar 2010
TSI response (PDF 132KB). Local authority Trading Standards Officers currently enforce the Performing Animals (Regulation) Act 1925.
22 Mar 2010