Dangerous novelty items discovered on sale at the Perth Royal Show

  • Dangerous toys and novelties for young children found on sale
  • Discovery tracks product safety inspections at the Royal Show
  • Notice of infringement to be given to merchants and suppliers

Several merchants and their suppliers will be issued infringement notices of up to $6,600 by Consumer Protection after product safety inspectors found numerous unsafe toys and novelties on sale at the Perth Royal Show.

Most of the items did not meet strict new mandatory safety standards for button batteries, which can pose a serious risk to young children.

Items discovered included fidget spinners, flower crowns, flashing veils and tiaras that lacked strong enough compartments to properly secure button batteries. Most of these items, as well as several flashing watches and necklaces, did not bear the required warning labels.

Not all items were submitted for pre-show inspections except for one item that was on sale despite the seller receiving pre-show notification that they did not comply not. Other suppliers have not followed previous instructions regarding warning labels and ingredient lists for cosmetics.

Consumer Protection Commissioner Gary Newcombe said parents and guardians who purchased items containing button batteries for their children at the Royal Show should be vigilant.

“It is alarming that these toys and novelties are on sale, especially as we carried out pre-show inspections and ensured that merchants and suppliers were clearly informed of the safety requirements for button batteries. in particular,” Mr Newcombe said.

“We don’t know exactly how many dangerous products were sold before they were discovered, but we can assume it was a significant amount. So, to protect young children who might play with these items at home, we need parents and guardians to make sure the button cell batteries are securely attached and won’t come loose even if dropped.

“Non-compliant items can be reported to us at Consumer Protection and then disposed of immediately. Before putting the batteries in the trash, we recommend that you wrap them in tape so that they do not pose a danger to others.

“The blatant disregard for safety rules by some Royal Show merchants is indeed disappointing and we will be watching closely at future regional shows and as the Perth Royal Show 2023 approaches.

“We will also be holding discussions with the Royal Agricultural Society of WA on their obligations to comply with product safety requirements.”

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