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TSI response (PDF 147KB). TSI has submitted a detailed response including suggested rewording of several Articles in the proposed Regulations. TSI expresses concern at the deletion of the precautionary principle and emphasises its importance. TSI also expresses disappointment at the absence of a provision establishing a pan-European injuries database and sets out the importance of such a database.
4 Sep 2013
TSI response (PDF 200KB). TSI reiterates that a strong regulatory framework, supported by effective enforcement, is essential in this area in order to ensure public health and to promote industry and public confidence. In the same vein, inspections should not automatically be seen as burdensome and disruptive.
4 Sep 2013
Trading Standards Institute (TSI) is proud to announce it will be holding its annual National Consumer Week from 4 November 2013. Hoping to help consumers make the right decision when buying a used car, TSI will be holding the week long event to raise national awareness on consumer rights through industry and trading standards advice and guidance                               The key messages for National Consumer Week are:Buying a used...
3 Sep 2013
Cosmetic products containing up to 70% lead - a prohibited ingredient for use in cosmetics, have been removed from sale in a shop in the Harehills area of Leeds.Following a lead poisoning incident, Leeds Environmental Health services identified the trader and that the suspected cause of the lead poisoning was from a cosmetic product.  On 26 June 2013 officers from West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service visited the business and found fifteen ‘Hashmi Surma Special’ products on sale. These items and...
30 Aug 2013
A married couple who operated as loan sharks at casino’s in Westminster, have been sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for two years along with 200 hours of unpaid work following a hearing at Woolwich Crown Court.Winnie Mui Lay aged 47 and her husband Chee Sang Chooi aged 48, of Gulliver Street, Southwark pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to two counts of illegal money lending and one count of money laundering.They were arrested and prosecuted by the England...
30 Aug 2013
TSI response (PDF 236KB). TSI presents figures to show the valuable role of trading standards at the local level in tackling the supply of illicit tobacco, and the deleterious effects of reduced staffing levels in trading standards and the cessation in 2011 of the Department of Health funding for trading standards to undertake tobacco control work. TSI calls for an improvement in collaborative working and intelligence sharing with HMRC. 
29 Aug 2013
TSI response (PDF 268KB). TSI and ACTSO broadly welcome the Bill. They restricted their joint response to the implications concerning the proposed changes in Powers of Entry. 
27 Aug 2013
TSI response (PDF 177KB). This TSI response has been composed by the TSI Lead Officer for Petroleum and Explosives who is a member of the HSE Legislation Review Process. He states that the draft Approved Code of Practice and associated guidance is generally sufficiently clear to comply with, but with a few reservations which are enumerated in the response.
21 Aug 2013
Small mobile phones, designed to look like car key fobs, has sparked safety fears and conerns that they could be used by prisoners, due to the low metal content and small size.In an article published by the BBC (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23782136), the government revealed it has been working with the National Trading Standards Board's e-Crime Centre and the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) to combat this situation.The NTSB's eCrime Centre is working with the Serious Organised Crime Agency because we are concerned...
21 Aug 2013
Tesco has been fined £300,000 for misleading customers after falsely claiming strawberries on sale were half priced.Birmingham trading standards officers investigated the claim made by a member of the public, and concluded that the strawberries were sold at the "discounted" price for a longer period of time than the time spent at the "full" price.  Read more here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-23755528
20 Aug 2013