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Clothing, followed by tobacco and alcohol, are the most common counterfeited items in the UK according to a new report published today (11 June 2014), detailing the extent of intellectual property (IP) crime, and the UK’s response. The report was launched on the first day of the International IP Enforcement Summit as the government underlined its commitment to tackling IP crime.Opening the summit, Business Secretary Vince Cable outlined the importance of IP rich industries to the UK economy and society. Better collaboration,...
12 Jun 2014
As Brazilian carnival dominates pub decor and friends and family pack the caravan for a trip to Glasgow, sports fans want to know how to get tickets online to this year's top tier sporting events without getting scammed. 'As with the Olympics in 2012, sports fans around the world are lining up to watch some of the best athletes compete,' said Alice Nugent, TSI's lead officer for special events. 'While we know fans are excited leading up to preparations for the...
11 Jun 2014
North East Lincolnshire Council trading standards have been helping people and businesses fight back against the fraudsters during national Scams Awareness Month. May was Scams Awareness Month and it gave the trading standards team the opportunity to give consumers the skills and confidence to identify scams, share experiences and take action by reporting suspicious activity. One of the reports received during May was from an elderly Immingham man who was about to invest £29,000 in what was found to be a ‘boiler...
10 Jun 2014
Hackney Council is advising residents that there is no need to wash raw chicken because cooking kills bacteria.The Council is reinforcing advice from the Food Standards Agency, as part of its activity during Food Safety Week  (16–22 June). Raw and undercooked chicken can spread bacteria called campylobacter and it can’t be seen, smelt or tasted. Campylobacter poisoning can result in abdominal pain, severe diarrhea and sometimes vomiting. In certain cases it can also lead to irritable bowel syndrome, reactive arthritis and...
10 Jun 2014
Surrey trading standards have been commended for their outstanding work raising awareness of the dangers of loan sharks as category winners of the Stop Loan Sharks Champions awards.The England Illegal Money Lending Team elected Surrey trading standards as the Local Authorities/Education/Schools category joint winner, for “utilising many different ways of engaging residents in communities of high risk and deprivation including door knocking to get the message out to the most vulnerable. They also worked with over 20 different partner agencies...
10 Jun 2014
A Kingston clothes shop owner is more than £2,300 out of pocket after admitting selling fake t-shirts and tops. Huseyin Doygundag, aged 37, pleaded guilty to 11 charges of selling counterfeit clothes pretending to be well-known trademarks including Starbucks, Warner Bros and Jack Daniel’s when he appeared before Lavender Hill Magistrates last week. Kingston Council trading standards officers seized almost 300 items in January 2013 at Doygundag’s Punky Fish women’s clothing store in the Eden Walk shopping centre after an earlier visit...
10 Jun 2014
Cumbria trading standards has praised shops in west Cumbria after a covert operation with the police saw all of the off licences visited refusing to sell alcohol to underage customers. The undercover operation was conducted to test compliance with age restricted products legislation and took place on the 30 May 2014. A total of 10 off licence premises were visited; five in Egremont, three in Cockermouth and two in Cleator Moor. The retailers scored a 100 per cent refusal rate. Anyone selling alcohol...
5 Jun 2014
Every year the Trading Standards Institute (TSI) develops a National Consumer Week (NCW) campaign in an effort to highlight consumer protection issues. In 2013 we focused on used cars and the challenges used car purchases can bring to consumers. This year, we're focusing on doorstep crime. Doorstep crime impacts residents all over the UK and includes everything from distraction burglary to rogue traders. Doorstep crime can result in thousands of pounds of financial detriment but it also has psychological ramifications for...
4 Jun 2014
A Birmingham businessman, who sold unsafe phone chargers and counterfeit Blackberry and Nokia accessories supplied by ‘a man in a van’, was today (2 June) ordered to pay £56,610 under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. Inderjit Singh, director of Ardenworth Limited, pleaded guilty to five offences, under the Trade Marks Act 1984, Consumer Protection Act 1987, Electrical Equipment Safety Regulations 1994 and Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008, during the sentencing at Birmingham Crown Court. Singh has six months...
3 Jun 2014
TSI response (PDF 185KB). A joint TSI / UK European Consumer Centre (which is hosted by TSI) response. They present reasons to support their belief that UK ECC should provide the consumer-facing complaints "helpdesk" mooted in the consultation. They also explain why TSI is ideally placed to act as a competent authority for ADR schemes across the various sectors.      
3 Jun 2014