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Warwickshire County Council trading standards service has launched a new information campaign to warn consumers about the dangers of sharing their personal and financial information in marketing related questionnaires, surveys and “prize draw” forms.Research shows that consumers often inadvertently give "consent" to receiving marketing by post or telephone, perhaps not noticing the small print about how their information will be shared. Your personal and financial information is very valuable. Marketing businesses collect this information and make it available for anyone to...
6 May 2016
London Trading Standards have had more success in their campaign against High Street traders selling illegal and dangerous skin lightening products.In recent weeks no fewer than eight businesses have been ordered to pay fines and costs of over £100,000 for their involvement in the supply of cosmetics that either contain banned or restricted substances or failed to comply with safety rules on labelling and traceability.Many of these products contained dangerously high levels of hydroquinone, mercury or corticosteroids which can result...
5 May 2016
We're warning parents about the dangers of lift-up base beds after a mum found her toddler hanging unconscious from a lifting loop.Charlotte Hames and partner Anthony Ancliff are backing our safety warning after she found their two-year-old son Buddy George hanging from their bed base at their home in Kirk Hallam on Monday morning (25 April 2016).Buddy was rushed to the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham where he was kept in overnight for monitoring but has since made a full...
29 Apr 2016
Newport City Council’s trading standards department has secured a successful conviction for the sale of new psychoactive substances (NPS) in the city.David Olsen, who ran both Bodyfashion/Inksposure, 24 Cardiff Road, and New City Ink, 5 Griffin Street, was found to be selling NPS, also as known as legal highs, which were found to contain controlled drugs.He was found guilty of stating, or otherwise creating the impression that a product can legally be sold when it cannot, at Newport Crown Court...
29 Apr 2016
People and businesses in Staffordshire are being reminded of the importance of clearly labelled ingredients on food products during national Allergy Awareness Week.Today (Thursday) the campaign focuses on food allergies. The county council’s trading standards team wants to ensure people remember to check food ingredients while businesses trade responsibly and clearly display ingredients in English. Restaurants and takeaways should always display allergen advice on menus. According to Allergy UK which is leading the campaign; over the last decade the cases of...
28 Apr 2016
CTSI response (PDF - 255KB). CTSI would welcome changes to assist the relationship between consumers and businesses with clearer terms & conditions, and more consumer engagement with T&C. CTSI believes that this would enhance consumer confidence and reduce both the burden on business and consumer detriment.   
25 Apr 2016
On the 18th April 2016, Arkan Rashid Ahmad of Hunza Court, Dewsbury was prosecuted at Leeds Crown Court for having in possession with intent to supply, in the course of a business trading as Global Groceries, 1a Bradford Road, Dewsbury, WF13 1EL a vast quantity of illicit tobacco products. Arkan pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment, with an order that the tobacco products were forfeited and destroyed. There was also a victim surcharge of £100.The premises of...
20 Apr 2016
A Bournemouth dealer has been prosecuted for selling unsafe mattresses which did not meet fire safety standards.Patrick Furlong (41) of Portchester Road, Bournemouth was found guilty by Bournemouth magistrates’ court of supplying two mattresses and possessing 213 mattresses for sale which did not meet the requirements of the British Standard for fire safety. He was also found guilty of an offence under the General Product Safety Regulations as he was unable to identify his supplier of the mattresses to the trading...
15 Apr 2016
Rogue traders and forceful doorstep sellers across the UK were targeted in a national day of action on Wednesday 13 April 2016 as part of a week-long crime prevention initiative. Activities on the day ranged from executing warrants, identifying vehicles used by criminals through automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) to conducting intelligence-led patrols in areas where older or vulnerable people live.Police and trading standards services across the country worked with the Department of Work and Pensions, Environment Agency, HM Revenue and...
15 Apr 2016
The GGF Consumer Code of Practice issued last year has gained full approval from the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) under its Consumer Codes Approval Scheme. It is a significant leap as the GGF has operated a Consumer Code of Practice since 1977. The content of the Code was in previous years agreed with The Office of Fair Trading but last year the GGF issued its new Consumer Code of Practice to its Member companies, to take account of all new...
12 Apr 2016