Rapid Alert System - Weekly Report

Report 43 ( Published on: 02/11/2007)

 
Weekly report Products with serious risks 

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Alert number: 1133/07       
Category:  Food-imitating products
 
Product:  Candles - Bun-shaped candles with chocolate and berry fragrances, namely chocolate and bilberry; chocolate and blackberry; chocolate and strawberry
 
Brand: Delicious Cake Scented Candle – Love Life Love Chocolate
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Article 111525, approximately 200 g
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 

This product poses a serious risk of choking because it may mislead consumers since, given their shape, colour, appearance and size, consumers and particularly children may confuse them for food.


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

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Sales ban ordered by the authorities

 
Description:  Round buns with a chocolate and berry fragrance, packaged individually in cardboard packets with plastic lids.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Italy
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 43

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Alert number: 1134/07       
Category:  Food-imitating products
 
Product:  Candles - Bun-shaped candles
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Article 111530
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 

This product poses a serious risk of choking because it may mislead consumers since, given their shape, colour, appearance and size, consumers and particularly children may confuse them for food.


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

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Sales ban ordered by the authorities

 
Description:  Bun-shaped candle with a chocolate fragrance. Individually packaged in small transparent plastic bags with brown ribbons. External diameter of 5.5-6 cm, with imitation icing, white and brown chocolate and grains of sugar.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Italy
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 43

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Alert number: 1137/07       
Category:  Food-imitating products
 
Product:  Effervescent Muffin For The Bath
 
Brand: Sephora
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Art. 150793 EAN 3378872024774 Ballotin Muffin FDM07
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 

This product poses a serious risk of choking because it may mislead consumers since, given its shape, colour, appearance and size, consumers and particularly children may confuse them for food.


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

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Sales ban ordered by the authorities

 
Description:  The product resembles a cake with small pieces of candy on top and its sales name (Muffin) is reminiscent of the well-known confectionary product.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Italy
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 43

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Alert number: 1126/07       
Category:  Gas appliances and components
 
Product:  Gas fires
 
Brand: GAZCO
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Various types and models
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Fire
 

The product poses a risk of fire because of self-ignition of the gas.


The gas fire had been installed as part of a building project and had then been masked off to protect it during decoration. Following self-ignition the instruction booklet showed signs of having burned through, smouldering and the handset was partially melted.


One reported case of damage which relates to the self-ignition of a fire in circumstances where the handset was still in the wrapper.
 

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary corrective actions taken by the manufacturer  (By: Other)

 
Description:  Gas fires
Country of origin:  United Kingdom
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 43

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Alert number: 1127/07       
Category:  Chemical products
 
Product:  PEROXAN ME-50-L
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  06 –05 / HKS 07-69UN 3105
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Health risk / other
 
The product poses serious health risks because it is classified as corrosive and the cap is not child-resistant thus children can easily open the bottle.
 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Sales ban ordered by the authorities

 
Description:  A white little plastic bottle with a white label and black printing and the symbols ‘oxidising ‘and ‘Corrosive. Content: 30 g. Poly harder contains methylethylketone peroxide (cas. nr. 1338-23-4).
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  The Netherlands
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 43

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Alert number: 1144/07       
Category:  Lighters
 
Product:  Rechargeable lighters
 
Brand: TOP LIGHT
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  39029
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Burns
 

The product poses a serious risk of burns because the lighter does not comply with standard EN-ISO 9994 with respect to the force of the flame.
 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Withdrawal from the market and destruction of the products ordered by the authorities

 
Description:  Plastic lighters in various colours, with inscription “TOP LIGHT” on the metal safety device. The lighters have а transparent fuel tank, mechanical ignition, nozzle for refuelling, flame intensity regulator, lamp and a number next to the lamp - 39029. During ignition a twinkling light effect is activated.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Bulgaria
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 43

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Alert number: 1136/07       
Category:  Lighting equipment
 
Product:  Outdoor lamp
 
Brand: Comander
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Model 16921
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Burns, Fire
 
The product poses a serious risk of fire and burns because it failed the test, resistance to heat, the connection block melted and lost its shape. In addition the markings are incomplete.



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

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Withdrawal from the market ordered by the authorities

 
Description:  Cylindrical lamp with a white light screen and metallic top. Its base is round and flat. On the lower part of the base there is a sticker with the model number, voltage and CE mark. The rest of the information is illegible. The packaging consists of a cardboard box bearing the item number, colour and brand.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 43

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Alert number: 1142/07       
Category:  Lighting equipment
 
Product:  Halogen lamp - “Baya” halogen lamp
 
Brand: Eglo
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Ref. 85971
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 

The product poses a serious risk of electric shock because:


- access to the simple insulation conductors,
- the grounding terminal for the dimmer casing is not protected against unscrewing,


- internal cables and external cables are connected in the same terminals,


- it does not provide additional insulation without touching a metal part connected to the ground.


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

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary withdrawal from the market by the importer  (By: Other)

 
Description:  Halogen lamp on a chrome-coloured base: - 2 bulbs – 300W and 40W, - Matte nickel + frosted glass, - Double dimmer on lamp shaft, - Number of lights: 2, - Bulb: R7S-300W supplied, - G9-40W supplied, - Class II DIMENSIONS, - Total height: 180 cm.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  France
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 43

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Alert number: 1143/07       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Passenger car - Nissan Van
 
Brand: Nissan
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Primastar X83
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Fire
 

The product poses a risk of fire because there is a possibility that the wiring of the instrument panel may become damaged by coming into contact with the steering column and/or with the clutch pedal switch housing. This can result in the failure of various electronic components, affecting the headlights, combined gauge, rear windshield wipers, etc. Ultimately, this could lead to a potential heat hazard and cause a fire.


One reported incident.
 

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary corrective actions taken by the manufacturer  (By: Other)

 
Description:  VIN VSK*4****UY588670 to 600555
Country of origin:  Spain
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 43

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Alert number: 1128/07       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Toy mobile phone - Superman Toy Mobile Phone and Figure. Superman Returns
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Item No 6803
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical, Damage to hearing
 
This product poses a risk of :



- poisoning because the superman figure contains high levels of Lead and soluble Chromium in the yellow paint on the face and arms;



- damage to hearing because the A weighted emission sound pressure level from phone exceeded 80dB A, it was measured at 110 dB.



This toy does not comply with the Toys Directive and the relevant European standard EN-71.
 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Withdrawal from the market ordered by the authorities

 
Description:  A red and blue plastic phone having a printed sticker, white rubber buttons, a red cord, and painted plastic superman figure. The item is packaged in a sealed clear plastic wrapper attached to printed cardboard back. counterfeit product
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 43

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Alert number: 1129/07       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Toy mobile phone - Little Animal Toy Mobile Phone (in shape of Teletubby children character)
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Item No 818
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Damage to hearing, Suffocation
 
This product poses a risk of :



- suffocation because the cord on the phone was found to have an average thickness of 1.3mm – the lower limit is 1.5mm,



- damage to hearing because the A weighted emission sound pressure level exceeded 80dB A, it was measured at 106 dB A.



This toy does not comply with the Toys Directive and the relevant European standard EN-71.
 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Withdrawal from the market ordered by the authorities

 
Description:  A green and beige painted plastic mobile phone in the shape of a Teletubby, having a blue cord and a silver coloured keypad with white printed rubber buttons. Packaging is clear plastic bag fastened by a cardboard top with pictures of Teletubbies. counterfeit product
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 43

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Alert number: 1130/07       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Inflatable plastic boat - Pool cruiser (Nafukovací matrac)
 
Brand: INTEX
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Art. #59380, EAN: 7825759380
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The product poses a chemical risk because the valve contains 0,44 % by weight of di-isononyl-phthalate (DINP), the yellow plastic foil contains 20,2 % by weight of DINP and the blue plastic foil contains 22,6 % by weight of DINP, which exceeds the maximum allowed limit of 0,1%.


This product does not comply with the Chemicals Restrictions Directive 76/769/EEC and the relevant European standard EN 71-1.
 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Sales ban, withdrawal from the market and recall from consumers ordered by the authorities

 
Description:  Flotation PVC toy, yellow with coloured printing (eyes, mouth, fins, tail), sized ±107 cm x 94 cm, ± 42“x 37”, packed in a coloured printed cardboard box with a picture of the product, logo INTEX®, warning -not suitable for children aged 0-3 years, etc. Labelling on the product: warnings in various languages, Made in China.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Slovakia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 43

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Alert number: 1131/07       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Radio-controlled flying saucer - Speed UFO
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Item No 4889
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Burns, Fire
 
The product poses a risk of fire and burns because the transformer failed the dielectric strength test which measures insulation resistance and electric strength.



In addition the transformer is not marked with the correct markings.



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

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Sales ban ordered by the authorities

 
Description:  Toy Radio Controlled brightly coloured Flying Saucer. Product consists of a Flying Saucer, Remote Control Trigger Gun and a Transformer which is used to charge the product. Packaging is cardboard with outdoor scene and clear plastic centre.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 43

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Alert number: 1132/07       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Toy mobile phone - Olympiad Toy Mobile Phone
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  No 636 500
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Damage to hearing, Health risk / other
 
This toy poses a serious risk of :


- damage to hearing because the emission of decibel recorded is 109.8db. As it is intended to be played close to the ear and it should not exceed the allowed noise limit of 80db,

- health risk because the batteries in the product had corroded and leaked.


This toy does not comply with the Toys Directive and the relevant European standard EN-71.
 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Withdrawal from the market ordered by the authorities

 
Description:  A pink and white plastic mobile phone having a clear plastic aerial, a printed design of a cartoon type character on the top, and a yellow cord attachment. Packaging is a clear plastic cover over a cardboard background with printed pictures. counterfeit product
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 43

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Alert number: 1140/07       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Toy mobile phone - Spiderman Toy Mobile Phone
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Damage to hearing
 
This toy poses a serious risk of damage to hearing because the emission of decibel recorded is 106db. As it is intended to be played close to the ear and it should not exceed the allowed noise limit of 80db.



This toy does not comply with the Toys Directive and the relevant European standard EN-71.
 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Withdrawal from the market ordered by the authorities

 
Description:  A red and beige plastic toy model mobile phone with multicoloured Spiderman stickers, clear plastic aerial. Packaging is clear plastic cover with a cardboard background with pictures of spiderman. Mobile phone emits noises when buttons are pressed. Carrying cord attached. counterfeit product
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 43

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Alert number: 1141/07       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Toy mobile phone - Benign Girl Toy Mobile Phone
 
Brand: BAI BIAN TOYS
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  BB-8688
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Damage to hearing
 

The product poses a serious risk of damage to hearing because the A weighted emission sound pressure level exceeded 80dB A, it was measured at 106.4 dB A.


This toy does not comply with the Toys Directive and with the relevant European standard EN 71-1.
 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Withdrawal from the market ordered by the authorities

 
Description:  A pink and cream plastic mobile phone having a clear plastic aerial, a printed design on the top of a blond girl doll, and a pale pink cord attachment. Packaging is clear plastic cover over a printed cardboard back with pictures of dolls and a child.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 43

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Alert number: 1145/07       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Rocking Horse
 
Brand: Rocking Horse Jasu
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Item No TL610
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The product poses a chemical risk because :


- grey material in saddle contains 100 mg/kg of lead,


- brown material in saddle contains 18 % by weight of DEHP of plasticised material.


The quantity of lead exceeds the limit 90 mg/kg and the quantity of di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) exceeds the limit 0,1 % by weight.


The product does not comply with the Chemicals Restrictions Directive 76/769/EEC.
 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Import rejected by the customs authorities

 
Description:  Brown rocking horse with white hooves, white mane and tail. Brown bridle and saddle. Approximately 64 cm high.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Finland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 43

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Alert number: 1139/07       
Category:  Clothing, textiles and fashion items
 
Product:  Boys’ Denim Dungaree and Rugby Top Set
 
Brand: Marks and Spencer
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Product Code (Inner garment label): T88/07977/5506M. Unique Product Codes (Inner garment label): 4714200, 4714194, 4714170 & 4714187.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 

The product poses a risk of choking because small parts (buttons) come off in the tension test and the parts fit into the small parts cylinder. Children may put the small parts into their mouth and choke.

 

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary withdrawal from the market and recall from consumers by the distributor  (By: Other)

 
Description:  A boy’s dungaree and rugby top set aimed at ages 6 months to 3 years.
Country of origin:  Sri Lanka
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 43

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Alert number: 1135/07       
Category:  Cosmetics
 
Product:  Body lotion - Skin Light
 
Brand: RODIS
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Batch identification number LCBSL E 23
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains 5% of hydroquinone.


It is to be assumed that the cream in question will be applied frequently and extensively and thus may pose risks to human health.


This product does not comply with the Cosmetic Directive 76/768/EEC.
 

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary stop of sales by the retailer  (By: Other)

 
Description:  White, labelled plastic bottle with a dark brown screw cap, beige-coloured lotion with a shimmer effect; cocoa-scented
Country of origin:  Ivory Coast
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 43

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Alert number: 1138/07       
Category:  Cosmetics
 
Product:  Body oil - Huile de passion 72H
 
Brand: MAXI TONE PLUS eclaircissante
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The product poses a serious chemical risk because it contains hydroquinone. It is to be assumed that the body oil in question will be applied frequently and extensively and thus may pose risks to human health.


This product does not comply with the Cosmetic Directive 76/768/EEC.
 

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary withdrawal from the market by the importer  (By: Other)

 
Description:  White plastic pots with blue and red lettering
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Belgium
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 43