The Rapid Alert System for Non-Food Products (RAPEX)

- Weekly overview report of RAPEX notifications

week 48 - 2012

Level Type No.
Ref.
Notifying country Product Risk Measures adopted by notifying country Products were found and measures were taken also in:
Serious risk Consumer products

1
A12/1773/12

Italy

Category: Chemical products

Product: Tattoo ink

Brand: Goldeneye

Name: Pigment +, BLACK 270

Type/number of model: Unknown

Batch number/Barcode: Lot number 0416/021

OECD Portal Category:

Description: 3-ml plastic tube bearing the brand, lot number and the list of the ingredients.

Country of origin: Spain


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains 78 mg/kg of nickel. According to the Council of Europe Resolution ResAP (2008)1, nickel levels in tattoo inks must be as low as technically achievable as nickel has a high allergenic potential. The application under the skin of tattoo inks containing nickel results in permanent contact with a sensitising allergen.

Compulsory measures: Ban on the marketing of the product.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

2
A12/1774/12

Italy

Category: Chemical products

Product: Tattoo ink

Brand: Eternal Ink

Name: Lightning Yellow

Type/number of model: 3872 A Lightning Yellow

Batch number/Barcode: Batch E40; lot 95; use-by date 4.04.2015

OECD Portal Category:

Description: 30-ml bottle bearing the brand, lot number and expiry date, in German.

Country of origin: United States


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains azo dyes releasing 185 mg/kg of the aromatic amine o-anisidine and 89 mg/kg of the aromatic amine o-toluidine which are substances classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic and toxic.

The presence of azo dyes is not compliant with Council of Europe Resolution "ResAP(2008)1 on requirements and criteria for the safety of tattoos and permanent make-up.

Compulsory measures: Ban on the marketing of the product.  

Germany  

Serious risk Consumer products

3
A12/1775/12

Italy

Category: Chemical products

Product: Tattoo ink

Brand: Eternal Ink

Name: Lipstick Red

Type/number of model: 3859 A

Batch number/Barcode: Batch E41; lot 195 use-by date 4.04.2015

OECD Portal Category:

Description: 30-ml bottle bearing the brand, lot number and expiry date, in German.

Country of origin: United States


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains 193 mg/kg of the aromatic amine o-anisidine which is a substance classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic and toxic. In addition, it contains the aromatic amine 2-ethoxyaniline which is also toxic.

The presence of azo dyes is not compliant with Council of Europe Resolution "ResAP(2008)1 on requirements and criteria for the safety of tattoos and permanent make-up.

Compulsory measures: Ban on the marketing of the product  

Germany,
Luxembourg  

Serious risk Consumer products

4
A12/1776/12

Italy

Category: Toys

Product: Soap bubbles

Brand: Casa del Dolce

Name: Bolle di Sapone (Soap bubbles)

Type/number of model: Number 79

Batch number/Barcode: 5999554 369716

Lot 120209069

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Packages of liquid for producing soap bubbles combined with caramels. The label states the ingredients of the caramels in 27 languages, plus the lot number, article code, barcode, the distributor's reference, the CE mark for toys and the statement that the product is not suitable for children under three years of age.

Country of origin: China


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Microbiological

The product poses a microbiological risk because the total aerobic microbial count in the soapy water, is too high (4 800 000 cfu/ml), while the threshold value is 1 000 cfu/ml. The product also contains a high level of Pseudomonas aeruginosa (3 500 000 cfu/ml). There is a risk of infection if the liquid is swallowed or comes into contact with the skin.

The product does not comply with the Toys Safety Directive.

Compulsory measures: Ban on the marketing of the product.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

5
A12/1777/12

Italy

Category: Chemical products

Product: Tattoo ink

Brand: BEAUTIFY Skin Art

Name: Dunkelbraun marrone scuro (dark brown)

Type/number of model: Unknown

Batch number/Barcode: 005-06/11. Expiry before 06/2014

OECD Portal Category:

Description: 10ml bottle of approximately 7cm with ingredients, brand, batch and expiry date and producer.

Country of origin: Germany


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains 6.4 mg/kg of lead above the limit (2 mg/kg) and 26mg/kg of nickel.

According to ResAP (2008) 1, nickel levels in tattoo inks must be as low as technically achievable as nickel has a high allergenic potential. The application under the skin of tattoo inks containing nickel results in permanent contact with a sensitising allergen.

Compulsory measures: Ban on the marketing of the product.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

6
A12/1778/12

Germany

Category: Motor vehicles

Product: Motorcycle

Brand: Harley-Davidson

Name: VRSC

Type/number of model: Type: VR1; model: VRSCDX; EC type-approval: e4*2002/24*0130

Batch number/Barcode: The motorcycles affected were manufactured between 14 June 2011 and 23 August 2012.

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Motorcycle.

Country of origin: Unites States

No pictures are available

Injuries

The registration plate bracket may become detached, possibly damaging the rear tyre or brake line. As a result, there is a risk of the rider falling from the motorcycle.

Voluntary measures: Recall of the product from end users  

Sweden,
Greece,
Ireland,
Denmark,
United Kingdom,
Finland,
Poland,
Norway  

Serious risk Consumer products

7
A12/1779/12

United Kingdom

Category: Electrical appliances and equipment

Product: Travel plug adaptor

Brand: Qi-Zhou

Name: Adaptor Universal - World Traveler Adaptor Plug

Type/number of model: Type D

Batch number/Barcode: 1234567829722

OECD Portal Category:

Description: 3-pin (UK style) adaptor plug for use with non-UK electrical items. Packaged in a clear plastic shell covering on a blue sky /ocean patterned card back.

Country of origin: China


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Electric shock

The socket face of the adaptor is an open construction that makes it possible to touch live parts. The adaptor does not have a fitted fuse and there are no shutters to protect the user against electric shock when the plug is withdrawn from the adaptor.

The product does not comply with the relevant national standard.

Voluntary measures: Withdrawal of the product from the market.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

8
A12/1780/12

United Kingdom

Category: Electrical appliances and equipment

Product: Travel plug adaptor

Brand: Qi-Zhou

Name: Adaptor Universal - World Traveler Adaptor Plug

Type/number of model: Type A

Batch number/Barcode: 1234567829739

OECD Portal Category:

Description: A 2-pin adaptor plug. Packaged in a clear plastic shell covering on a blue sky /ocean patterned card back.

Country of origin: China


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Electric shock

The socket face of the adaptor is an open construction that makes it possible to touch live parts. The adaptor does not have a fitted fuse and there are no shutters to protect the user against electric shock when the plug is withdrawn from the adaptor.

The product does not comply with the relevant national standard.

Voluntary measures: Withdrawal of the product from the market.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

9
A12/1781/12

Portugal

Category: Motor vehicles

Product: Passenger car

Brand: Toyota

Name: 1. Avensis2. Corolla3. Prius

Type/number of model: Vehicles affected: Avensis with 1.6 and 1.8l petrol engine, Japanese produced Corolla and Prius vehicles which are all equipped with Electric Motor assisted Power Steering [EMPS].

Information on the identification of the affected vehicles is provided in the attached document.

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Passenger car.

Country of origin: 1) United Kingdom,
2) Japan,
3) Japan

No pictures are available

Injuries

Due to their insufficient hardness, the splines which connect the intermediate extension shaft of the steering system to the steering gear box may deform, develop increased backlash and eventually wear out, which could result in a loss of steering ability. This might happen if the steering wheel is frequently and forcefully turned to the full-lock position while driving at slow speed.

Voluntary measures: Recall of the product from end users  

The Netherlands,
Germany,
Spain,
Estonia,
Bulgaria,
Sweden,
Greece,
Iceland,
Norway,
Denmark,
United Kingdom,
Finland,
Malta  

Serious risk Consumer products

10
A12/1782/12

Portugal

Category: Motor vehicles

Product: Passenger car

Brand: Toyota

Name: 1. Prius2. FCHV

Type/number of model:

Information on the identification of the affected vehicles is provided in the attached document.

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Passenger car

Country of origin: Japan

No pictures are available

Injuries

The electrically-driven water pump which circulates coolant through the hybrid components, including the inverter assembly, may fail causing activation of the warning lights on the instrument panel of the PRIUS or a reduction in the motive power mode in the FCHV vehicles. In certain cases, a fuse may blow in the electric power supply circuit, causing the hybrid system to stop while the vehicle is being driven, which could lead to an accident.

Voluntary measures: Recall of the product from end users  

The Netherlands,
Bulgaria,
Estonia,
Greece,
Spain,
Iceland,
Slovenia,
Denmark,
Malta,
United Kingdom,
Finland  

Serious risk Consumer products

11
A12/1783/12

Slovakia

Category: Clothing, textiles and fashion items

Product: Children’s T-shirt

Brand: Lusa Kids

Name: and fashion

Type/number of model: art. ML-1328

Batch number/Barcode: Unknown

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Children’s red, long-sleeved T-shirt with two buttons for fastening at the top left-hand side and a decoration of 24 small balls on the front.

Country of origin: China


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Choking

The product poses a risk of choking because small parts can be easily detached and swallowed by small children.

Voluntary measures: Ban on the marketing of the product.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

12
A12/1784/12

Hungary

Category: Clothing, textiles and fashion items

Product: Girls' swimsuit

Brand: Unknown

Name: Polly Pocket

Type/number of model: 951-416

Batch number/Barcode: 5991329514161

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Girls' one-piece, yellow swimming costume decorated with a girl’s face and the inscription: "polly pocket". The swimsuit can be tied with cords at the neck. The cords have knotted ends.

Country of origin: China


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Strangulation

The product poses a risk of strangulation due to the presence of functional cords in the neck area.

The product does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 14682.

Compulsory measures: Withdrawal of the product from the market and recall of the product from end users.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

13
A12/1785/12

Spain

Category: Machinery

Product: Mini motorbike

Brand: Retto

Name: Mini Motorbike

Type/number of model: Model LMOOX-R3

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Petrol-fuelled mini motorbike packed in a cardboard box.

Country of origin: China


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Burns,
Cuts,
Electric shock,
Injuries

The product poses a risk of burns , cuts, electric shock and injuries because:

·        The material of the cowl is fragile and may break.

·        The type of accelerator is not progressive and there is a risk of unexpected variations in speed.

·        The locking key for the petrol is far from the tank.

·        There are sharp edges near the cowl, screen, chassis and identification plate.

·        The copper conductors of the wiring can be accessed by the user.

·        When overfilled, the mini-motorcycle leaks fuel over electrical or hot parts.

The product does not comply with the Machinery Directive.

Compulsory measures: Recall of the product from end users  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

14
A12/1786/12

Hungary

Category: Clothing, textiles and fashion items

Product: Children’s windbreaker

Brand: Glo-Story

Name: Unknown

Type/number of model: Model: GFY-6509

Batch number/Barcode: 5999032765092

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Children’s hooded jacket. The hood can be removed by using a zipper and includes a non-fixed drawstring with free ends. Size: 134-164.

Country of origin: China


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Strangulation

The product poses a risk of strangulation because of the presence of a functional drawstring in the neck area.

The product does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 14682.

Compulsory measures: Withdrawal of the product from the market and recall of the product from end users.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

15
A12/1787/12

Germany

Category: Food-imitating products

Product: Decorative jelly sweets

Brand: Unknown

Name: Unknown

Type/number of model: Article 7343654

Batch number/Barcode: 4012073436545

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Yellow, red and green plastic imitation sweets with a colourless crystalline surface coating resembling sugar. Labelling: "This product is for decoration only. Keep away from children".

Country of origin: China


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Choking

The product poses a risk of choking because its appearance, flavour and shape (similar to jelly sweets) are such that it could be confused with food and swallowed by children.

The product does not comply with the Directive 87/357/EEC on products which, appearing to be other than they are, endanger the health or safety of consumers.

Voluntary measures: Recall of the product from end users  

Denmark,
Finland  

Serious risk Consumer products

16
A12/1788/12

Germany

Category: Cosmetics

Product: Soap

Brand: Montclaire

Name: Round montclaire powerful germicidal soap

Type/number of model: Mfd: 11/2011 Exp: 11/2014

Batch number/Barcode: Unknown

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Green printed cardboard box (LxBxH=7 x 7 x 3.5 cm) containing a round, dark green bar of soap (approx. diameter 6.5 cm) with writing on both sides : 'montclaire'.

Country of origin: Malaysia


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains mercury (5760 mg/kg).

The product does not comply with the Cosmetics Directive 76/768/EEC.

Voluntary measures: Warning consumers of the risks.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

17
A12/1789/12

Germany

Category: Toys

Product: Radio-controlled toy

Brand: Qunxing®

Name: Tracker Radio Control

Type/number of model: QX-3542

Batch number/Barcode: 6 928928 031323

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Yellow, battery-operated, remote-controlled, all-terrain vehicle; tyres made from soft, transparent, colourless plastic. Packaging: polystyrene shell in a coloured cardboard box.

Country of origin: China


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains 20.7 % by weight of bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP).

According to the REACH Regulation the phthalates DEHP, DBP and BBP are prohibited in all toys and childcare articles, while phthalates DINP, DIDP and DNOP are prohibited in toys or childcare articles that can be placed in the mouth by children.

Voluntary measures: Destruction of the product.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

18
A12/1790/12

France

Category: Construction products

Product: Smoke detector

Brand: Houseguard

Name: Optical Smoke Alarm

Type/number of model: HS-102 Ref. 601080-80 (with classic 9V battery) Ref. 601085-80 and Ref. 601085 (with Lithium 9V battery)

Batch number/Barcode: Ref. 601080-80 Gencod 7 320 891 080 800) Ref. 601085-80 and Ref. 601085 Gencod 7 320 896 010 857)

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Self-contained, white, automatic smoke detector, (diameter: 100 mm, height: 35 mm). Rigid, transparent packaging.

Country of origin: China


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Asphyxiation

The product does not detect smoke with sufficient sensitivity. In case of fire, it does not allow the user or those in the vicinity to take the measures necessary to escape.

The product does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 14604.

Voluntary measures: Recall of the product from end users, withdrawal of the product from the market and destruction of the product.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

19
A12/1791/12

Germany

Category: Toys

Product: Plastic doll

Brand: Happy day

Name: Girl Fashion

Type/number of model: No.20101

Batch number/Barcode: Unknown

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Plastic doll with long blonde hair and 3 outfits. Packaging: printed cardboard box with transparent panel and cardboard insert.

Country of origin: China


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because the head of the doll contains 20.1 % by weight of bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP).

According to the REACH Regulation the phthalates DEHP, DBP and BBP are prohibited in all toys and childcare articles, while phthalates DINP, DIDP and DNOP are prohibited in toys or childcare articles that can be placed in the mouth by children.

Voluntary measures: Destruction of the product.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

20
A12/1792/12

Germany

Category: Clothing, textiles and fashion items

Product: Babies' shoes

Brand: Playshoes

Name: Unknown

Type/number of model: Article 101702

Batch number/Barcode: Unknown

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Babies' shoes in light blue leather. A piece of white elastic is incorporated at both sides in the region of the ankle. The sole is made of light-coloured leather. Packaging: transparent plastic bag with a tab for hanging; printed cardboard label inside the bag, as well as a leather-look cardboard label.

Country of origin: China


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains chromium (VI) at levels of 98.7 mg/kg and 97.6 mg/kg in the sole. Chromium (VI) is classified as sensitising and may trigger allergic reactions.

Voluntary measures: Withdrawal of the product from the market.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

21
A12/1793/12

Germany

Category: Toys

Product: Toy mobile phone with doll

Brand: Faddish

Name: Unknown

Type/number of model: Unknown

Batch number/Barcode: Unknown

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Mobile phone with doll. Packaging: blister packaging with a cardboard back.

Country of origin: China


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because the head of the doll contains 22.5 % by weight of Di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP).

According to the REACH Regulation the phthalates DEHP, DBP and BBP are prohibited in all toys and childcare articles, while phthalates DINP, DIDP and DNOP are prohibited in toys or childcare articles that can be placed in the mouth by children.

Voluntary measures: Destruction of the product.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

22
A12/1794/12

Spain

Category: Lighting chains

Product: Lighting chain

Brand: Gerimport

Name: Unknown

Type/number of model: Ref EL-7336C/CL

Batch number/Barcode: 8430540305112

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Lighting chain packed in plastic with a label marked with the importer’s details.

Country of origin: China


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Electric shock

The cable is not sufficiently resistant to pulling and there is a risk of live parts becoming accessible which could result in users suffering an electric shock.

The product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive and the relevant European standard EN 60598.

Compulsory measures: Import rejected at border.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

23
A12/1795/12

United Kingdom

Category: Electrical appliances and equipment

Product: Tumble dryer

Brand: White Knight

Name: Condenser Tumble Dryer

Type/number of model: 0312 76A 15002 (77AW), 312 767 15009 (767C), 0312 76A 15010 (77AW) 0312 76A 15330 (77AS), 0312 76A 31000 (CL76AWH).

Batch number/Barcode: The recall affects condenser tumble dryers manufactured in October 2010. The serial numbers are provided in the attached list.

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Condenser tumble dryer.

Country of origin: United Kingdom


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Fire

The affected products have been fitted with a connector component which is not to the machine’s specification. The use of this connector can potentially lead to overheating of the appliance and, if left unresolved, could create a potential fire hazard over time.

The product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive.

Voluntary measures: Recall of the product from end users  

Ireland,
Spain  

Serious risk Consumer products

24
A12/1796/12

Hungary

Category: Clothing, textiles and fashion items

Product: Children’s jackets

Brand: Aoles

Name: Unknown

Type/number of model: Model: YF9247

Batch number/Barcode: Unknown

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Children’s jackets with hood and zip fastener. The hood includes a non- fixed drawstring with knots and toggles on the ends. The inside of the neck of the jacket is decorated with inscriptions: "Topclub", „Aoles club & sports" and „Super teams spirits". Sizes: 140, 146, 158, 170.

Country of origin: China


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Strangulation

The products pose a risk of strangulation due to the presence of a drawstring in the hood with knots and toggles on the ends.

The product does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 14682.

Compulsory measures: Withdrawal of the product from the market and recall of the product from end users.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

25
A12/1797/12

The Netherlands

Category: Food-imitating products

Product: Bath product

Brand: Badefee

Name: Badepraline Petit Amour / Bath cake Petit Amour

Type/number of model: Unknown

Batch number/Barcode: 4260212374900.

OECD Portal Category:

Description: The package contains cosmetic products shaped like cupcakes.

Country of origin: Germany


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Choking

The product poses a risk of choking as, due to its characteristic form, colour and size, it may be mistaken for foodstuff. This may lead children to put pieces in their mouth, suck or ingest them, which could entail the risk of choking.

In addition, the product also poses a chemical risk because detergent has been found in it. Contact of the detergent with lungs may cause a chemical pneumonia.

The products do not comply with the Directive 87/357/EEC on products which, appearing to be other than they are, endanger the health or safety of consumers.

Compulsory measures: Ban on the marketing of the product.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

26
A12/1798/12

Hungary

Category: Clothing, textiles and fashion items

Product: Children’s jacket

Brand: H&S

Name: Unknown

Type/number of model: Model: A-1767B

Batch number/Barcode: 558258168

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Children’s jacket with hood and zip fastener. The hood includes a non-fixed drawstring with knots and plastic toggles on the ends. The hood can be removed using the zip. The jacket is decorated with an inscription: 'KLSOODKLA PMCKKOAP'.

Country of origin: China


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Strangulation

The product poses a risk of strangulation due to the presence of cords in the hood.

The product does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 14682.

Compulsory measures: Withdrawal of the product from the market and recall of the product from end users.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

27
A12/1799/12

The Netherlands

Category: Toys

Product: Music box cushion

Brand: Keptin-JR

Name: Unknown

Type/number of model: 7169820523

Batch number/Barcode: Unknown

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Cotton flower music box; a plastic music box covered in cloth in the form of a flower with a pull rope.

Country of origin: The Netherlands


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Choking

The product poses a risk of choking as the wooden bead at the end of the pull rope can easily break and could be swallowed by small children.

The product does not comply with the Toys Safety Directive and with the relevant European standard EN 71-1.

Compulsory measures: Withdrawal of the product from the market.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

28
A12/1800/12

The Netherlands

Category: Cosmetics

Product: Anti-Wrinkle serum

Brand: Skin-Peel

Name: META FOR SKINCARE Just Protect & More

Type/number of model: SPF 30

Batch number/Barcode: 65011

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Brown glass bottle containing anti-wrinkle serum. International Product name: Age defy SPF30 Moisturizer.

Country of origin: United States


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Microbiological

The product poses a microbiological risk because it contains more than 15000 Pseudomonas SPP/ gram.

The product does not comply with the Cosmetics Directive 76/768/EEC.

Compulsory measures: Withdrawal of the product from the market.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

29
A12/1801/12

The Netherlands

Category: Toys

Product: Bath toy

Brand: Aqua Music

Name: Water Xylophone

Type/number of model: Bad xylofoon 0293.0320

Batch number/Barcode: Unknown

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Toy xylophone with a foam base, packed in cardboard and transparent plastic. The foam base consists of 6 different coloured parts each with a coloured sound bar. The sound bars are mounted at the foam base each with 2 buttons.

Country of origin: China


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Choking

The product poses a risk of choking because small parts (the buttons) can come loose and be swallowed by small children.

The product does not comply with the Toys Safety Directive and with the relevant European standard EN 71-1.

Compulsory measures: Withdrawal of the product from the market, ban on the marketing of a product and recall of a product from end users.  

Belgium  

Serious risk Consumer products

30
A12/1802/12

Bulgaria

Category: Electrical appliances and equipment

Product: Plug

Brand: IESTO

Name: Unknown

Type/number of model: 79142

Batch number/Barcode: Unknown

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Plug. Colour: white/black. The product is packed in transparent polyethylene packaging, each containing 50 items.

Country of origin: Bulgaria


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Electric shock

The product poses a risk of electric shock because:

·        There is no sleeve at the cable entrance of the plug which is supposed to protect the cable against excessive bending at the point where it is inserted into the plug.

·        The bolt giving access to the inside of the plug falls out when dismounting the plug.

The product does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 60884.

Compulsory measures: Withdrawal of the product from the market.