TSI response (PDF 107KB). TSI is of the opinion that the proposal could lead to a lowering of bio-security standards at markets and shows.  
22 Jan 2010
A trading standards officer  from North Yorkshire has received national recognition for her efforts in investigating financial crime. Ruth Andrews was announced winner of the Keith Hughes Award for Excellence in Financial Investigation, open to all accredited financial investigators in the UK, at an awards ceremony hosted by the Association of Chief Police Officers. She has led her team implementing the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 for the confiscation of criminals’ assets and has expanded North Yorkshire’s trading standards responsibilities...
22 Jan 2010
Trading standards have found the shortage of rock salt for roads has led to a different kind of shortage – that of salt in the product.Following a consumer complaint West Yorkshire Trading Standards embarked upon an investigation and submitted a bag of material being sold as rock salt for analysis. Upon testing, the material was found to contain only 23 per cent salt, with the majority of the product’s content being composed of sharp sand and small stones. For a...
22 Jan 2010
TSI response (PDF 118KB). TSI would like to see PO Boxes and Mail Forwarding Addresses banned from being used as Registered Office Addresses. TSI also calls for more transparency when dealing with accommodation addresses
20 Jan 2010
The Trading Standards Institute has launched a new guide with the backing of HPI and Motor Codes Limited, to help the new motorists make better informed decisions.Costs, legal rights and responsibilities, mechanical jargon – anyone set to sit behind the wheel for the first time is faced with a whole new world of information that may seem daunting.On the Road – A Guide to Buying Your First Car includes chapters packed with helpful hints on* learning to drive* buying a...
18 Jan 2010
Illegal sales of alcohol to youngsters in North East Lincolnshire have been dramatically reduced in the past four years thanks to the trading standards’ efforts to enforce the law on retailers.The latest figures obtained from test purchasing in the borough, by North East Lincolnshire Council, show that just nine per cent of shops sold alcohol to underage customers - a dramatic reduction since 2005 when some 40 per cent of licensees failed the test purchases.This successful reduction in illegal sales has...
15 Jan 2010
A young toy designer who won the Playsafe award at Trading Standards Institute’s conference in 2009 went to London for a lunch organised in her honour at the House of Lords on 14 January, hosted by TSI’s president Baroness Crawley.The clever creativity of Amber Hainey from Walkden, in Manchester, was rewarded with the top prize of the Playsafe competition, run by TSI and sponsored by the British Toy and Hobby Association, which invites children aged six to 17 to design a...
13 Jan 2010
In response to the collapse of Vance Miller's trading standards trial, Oldham Council has issued the following statement: Charlie Parker, Oldham Council's chief executive, said: ‘We worked with a significant number of other local authorities from across the country to bring this case to court. ‘We are disappointed by the judge's decision, but this was an extremely complex and ground-breaking case which was always going to be challenging. ‘We have decided not to appeal and are now establishing a thorough and independent...
12 Jan 2010
TSI response (PDF 131KB). TSI would like to see that certain products (for example sub-prime financial products, credit products, age-restricted products) are either heavily controlled or banned from being advertised in this manner.
8 Jan 2010
TSI response (PDF 336KB). TSI welcomes the proposed regulations with certain reservations. Furthermore, it does not believe that the proposed regulations concerning the prohibition of the sale of tobacco from vending machines will be enforceable    
4 Jan 2010