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There are serious and sometimes fatal risks associated with a significant proportion of Christmas lighting chains sold in the EU market. The EU has co-funded a market surveillance done in cooperation with 5 Member States, such as, Hungary, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Netherlands. They check almost 200 products of lighting chains, and at around 30% were unsafe, mainly regarding risks of electric shocks and fire hazard.To illustrate this event, the Audiovisual Service of the European Commission has produced an info-clip which contains the following images of:- Christmas lighting chains in a shop;- statement of Meglena Kuneva, Member of the EC in charge of Consumer Protection;- statement of an expert of the DG "Health and Consumers" warning consumers;- and images of a laboratory in Belgium, where they do test for the Belgian authorities, on the safeness of the lighting chains.

Type: Stockshots [short]   Reference: I-063407   Date: 27/11/2009   Duration: 00:01
Personalities:   Kuneva, Meglena |   Nuij, Robert  
Location: Brussels | Vilvoorde  
Languages: ORIGINAL

Tags: Christmas | Consumer protection
© European Communities, 2009   /   Source: EC - Audiovisual Service
Director: Eva Egido Cano
Journalist: Test Test
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