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In light of Claudia Winkleman's brave decision to speak about an incident last year in which her daughter's Halloween costume caught on fire, CTSI would like to share a few tips for ensuring safety when buying fancy dress costumes.They include:  Check the label or packaging contains the manufacturers name, address, postcode or phone number and a registered trademark Check if the product has been recalled on the CTSI websiteEnsure the product is accompanied by instructions and safety informationBusinesses looking for information on...
14 May 2015
The Highland Council has launched their Cold Call Control Zone Community Toolkit today (Tuesday 12 May) in a bid to help communities protect themselves from doorstep crime.The resource has been created by Highland Council trading standards. The toolkit includes a guide on how to set up a Cold Call Control Zone (CCCZ), tips on how to deal with rogue doorstep traders and advice for businesses to help them operate within the law.  While many doorstep traders offer a legitimate service, some look...
12 May 2015
Peterborough City Council trading standards team investigated Bargain World UK Ltd, Unit 5, Second Drove Industrial Estate, following a complaint that the business was selling suspected counterfeit car parts.Trading standards officers found over 20,000 counterfeit items, with an estimated value of over £180,000, with a large number of unsafe motorcycle helmets. Goods were being sold online through a number of retailers and on the company's own website.The motorcycle helmets seized by trading standards failed after being subjected to two of...
8 May 2015
Following a legal challenge posed by a Liverpool resident, council employee and Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) member, Liverpool Council has agreed to review how its local trading standards service is structured.On 5 May, the council agreed to review its decision to reduce its trading standards service from 19 staff to four at a permission hearing at Manchester High Court. The legal challenge was presented in September 2014 in relation to cuts made to the trading standards service in Liverpool....
5 May 2015
On the 30 April, the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) unveiled its new logo marking the former Trading Standards Institute’s (TSI) elevation to chartered status.More than 100 guests representing our members, friends and stakeholders gathered together at  Millbank Tower’s Skyloft to celebrate the long-awaited chartered status, which is of huge value to the trading standards profession, and to see the new branding that is the visual marker of this historic change.
1 May 2015
The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) attended a permission hearing at Manchester High Court 5 May, which was to determine whether a judicial review case brought against Liverpool Council is to go ahead.The legal challenge, which is in relation to cuts made to the trading standards service in Liverpool, was made by a Liverpool resident, council employee and CTSI member in September 2014. CTSI chief executive Leon Livermore provided an expert witness statement to aid the court.In this video CTSI...
1 May 2015
CTSI response (PDF 239KB). CTSI raises a number of legal points on the rulebook text.
30 Apr 2015
A company that makes preserves was successfully prosecuted yesterday (29 April) by City of York Council and fined a total £1,223.44 for failing to follow food safety regulations and for putting customers at risk.Village Green Preserves Ltd manufacture a range of jams and chutneys at Millfield Industrial Estate in Wheldrake near York. The company, represented by managing director Paul Mercer, was prosecuted.During a routine food hygiene inspection by council food safety officers on 28 February 2014, the premises was found...
30 Apr 2015
Nine health and diet supplements, available to purchase online from UK retailers, failed tests conducted by Warwickshire county council’s trading standards service. Achieving weight loss, improving general health and vitality and providing additional vitamins were some of the health related claims made by the companies selling these products, classified as food supplements, not medicines.However, composition and nutritional tests carried out by the public analyst on behalf of Warwickshire trading standards revealed serious problems with all nine products.All the products tested made...
28 Apr 2015
The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has marked World Intellectual Property (IP) Day 2015, taking place this Sunday (26 April) by announcing it has diverted more than 10.3 million illegal music and film sites to an official police warning page since July last year.Since the unit launched in September 2013, the team has been tackling copyright infringing sites in the UK and across the world to help protect the creative industries, including film and music.Many of the illegal websites...
24 Apr 2015