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Illegal tobacco trading has been stubbed out in Cumbria thanks to a multi agency operation with Cumbria County Council's Trading Standards, HM Revenue and Customs and the North West Illicit Tobacco team. The operation to take action against fake and non-duty paid tobacco took place after the success of a similar operation which happened earlier this year.Since the launch of the Tobacco Free Futures campaign 'Illegal Tobacco - Keep it Out', residents in Cumbria have been sharing information with authorities...
30 May 2012
Two young toy designers who won a national award at the Trading Standards Institute’s (TSI) conference enjoyed a grand lunch and a tour of the House of Lords yesterday, hosted by TSI’s president Baroness Crawley.Best friends Sarah Colyer and Grace McGowan, from  Maidstone in Kent, came top in the Playsafe competition with their clever design for a Jazz Jacket, a musical jacket with touch sensitive pads which play music, make sounds and provide fun, educational games.The 11-year-olds not only came...
23 May 2012
TSI response (PDF 109KB). TSI agrees with the revocation of the suggested regulations (there will be equivalent, if not enhanced, consumer safety provisions through the General Product Safety Regulations, referencing appropriate standards) with one exception - the Imitation Dummies Safety Regulations 1993. TSI considers that the relevant standard is inadequate.
23 May 2012
Consumer advice organisation the UK European Consumer Centre (UK ECC) is taking action to empower consumers against rogue traders who could be keen to see European consumers parted from their  hard-earned cash when they visit the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and who could have the potential to dent consumer confidence.The UK ECC is urging consumers visiting the UK during summer 2012 to take steps to be aware of their rights. The group has produced a booklet covering accommodation,...
23 May 2012
TSI response (PDF 116KB). TSI notes that the proposed new Regulations will still require Public Analysts and Food Examiners to hold statutory qualifications, but not Food Law Enforcement Officers. TSI queries this inconsistency.
22 May 2012
TSI response (PDF 136KB). It is not TSI's wish to see responsible short term lenders vilified by the continuing bad press surrounding such products, but the Institute cannot stand by in the face of continuing evidence from colleagues of malpractice and continued suffering on the part of consumers. TSI is particularly concerned at the high levels of charges imposed. The Institute calls for greater protection for consumers with regard to affordability, transparency, accessibility, education, and market protection.
22 May 2012
TSI response (PDF 156KB). TSI believes that many site operators operate fairly, but there are a number who engage in unfair practices and and these are the ones about whom the Institute is concerned.
22 May 2012
TSI response (PDF 137KB). TSI remains convinced of the value of the principle of a CESL, but believes that this attempt is unsatisfactory in detail and that it might prejudice UK discussions on a new consumer code. This, together with the financial restrictions currently facing Europe which may prevent a satisfactory education programme, reinforces the TSI view that now is not the right time to bring the proposal forward.
21 May 2012
Tower Hamlets Council has successfully prosecuted a long standing importer and seller of counterfeit goods in a high profile case at the Old Bailey. On 18 May 2012, Mr Lei Pan of Fonda Court, Premier Place, London E14, was sentenced, at the Old Bailey to 33 months in prison on 12 specimen charges under the Trade Marks Act 1994. The sentence follows the seizure of approximately 50,000 fake items held at a self storage unit in Bow. The fake items included...
21 May 2012
A Dorset farmer has been banned from keeping cattle for two years and sentenced to an eight week curfew order after being prosecuted for failing to provide adequate feed to his herd of 90 cattle, and causing unnecessary suffering to one of his cows.Farmer Brian Pitman, aged 61, of Canford Bottom, Wimborne, was found guilty of a series of 13 offences, after a five day trial at Bournemouth Magistrates' Court ending on 16 May 2012. Mr Pitman had committed two...
21 May 2012