Extracts from the press conference by Tonio Borg on the RAPEX annual report
On 16 May 2013, Tonio Borg, Member of the EC in charge of Health and Consumer Policy, held a press conference to present the key findings of the 2012 RAPEX annual report.
In 2012, a total of 2,278 measures against dangerous non-food products, were taken by Member States and reported in the EU Rapid Information system (RAPEX). This indicates a 26% rise in alerts when compared to 2011 figures, an increase that could be attributed to the improved enforcement work carried out by the authorities in EU countries.
In 2012, clothing, textiles and fashion items (34%), followed by toys (19%), were the main product categories for which corrective measures had to be taken. Among the most frequently notified risks caused by these products were chemical risks, risk of strangulation and risk of injury.
China still represents the number one country of origin in the alert system.
To improve this situation, the EU is working bilaterally with China on the exchange of information between the authorities and communication activities. PHOTO SHOTLISTLINK