Rapid Alert System - Weekly Report

Report 46 ( Published on: 19/11/2010)
Corrigenda
Notification 1643/10 from report 44 of 2010 has been removed from the RAPEX system following additional information on the risk assessment provided by the national authorities.
Notifications 1702/10 and 1704/10 from report 46 have been removed from the RAPEX website following additional information on the risk

 
Weekly report Products with serious risks 

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Alert number: 1700/10       
Category:  Food-imitating products
 
Product:  Decorative magnets - I Love Chocolate
 
Brand: VIRCA
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  1. Art. 10027360, 2. Art. 10027362
 
Batch number / Barcode:  1. 2000100273609, 2. 2000100273623
 
Risk type:  Choking, Injuries
 
The products pose a risk of choking and injuries because the product can easily be confused with a foodstuff and thus constitute a choking risk, particularly for children. The risk is aggravated by the small size of the articles (the samples fit into the small parts cylinder used for toy testing in accordance with the standards) and the presence of magnets that can easily be detached and, because they attract each other, can cause serious damage when passing through the intestine (blockages, perforation of the intestine).


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.
 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Withdrawal from the market and recall from consumers ordered by the authorities.

 
Description:  1. The package is made of clear cellophane tied shut at one end with a gold cord to which the label is attached, and contains a sheet of white paper with perforated edges on which are arranged nine pale pink or cream-coloured chocolates. On the base of each chocolate, there is a circular magnet 0.6 cm in diameter and 0.3 cm thick. There are two labels on each package. 2. The cardboard packaging contains four chocolates, each one within a compartment of another plastic container. Each chocolate is also contained in a cup made of white fluted paper. Two of them are shaped like round flowers with five petals. One is pale pink and the other chocolate-coloured, decorated with wavy lines on top, heart-shaped with a white border and a yellow and red decoration in the middle. All of the chocolates have a cream-coloured base to which is attached a round magnet 1.8 cm in diameter and 0.3 cm thick.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Italy
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2010 - 46
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  Spain

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Alert number: 1714/10       
Category:  Food-imitating products
 
Product:  Crystal balls - Seven Color Crystal Boll – Bio Gel
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Art 2-830-008; Barcode 6 816285612586
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 
The product poses a risk of choking because the balls can be mistaken for sweets by children and placed into the mouth. The balls expand rapidly on contact with water and could therefore partially or completely obstruct the airway if accidentally swallowed or if they enter the respiratory tract.
 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Seizure of the products, withdrawal from the market and recall from consumers ordered by the authorities.

 
Description:  Multicoloured and transparent balls with initial diameter of 0.3 cm or 0.4 cm which can absorb water to reach a diameter of 1 cm, in transparent plastic packaging with a coloured cardboard label marked "Microsfere Seven Color Crystal Boll Gel, MADE in CHINA, Designed by Korea" and instructions in English only.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Italy
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2010 - 46
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  Malta, United Kingdom

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Alert number: 1716/10       
Category:  Food-imitating products
 
Product:  Hygroscopic balls for watering plants - Pearl Shape Crystal Soil
 
Brand: Gemme di Rugiada
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking, Injuries
 
The products pose a risk of choking and injuries because they are identical in appearance to sugar balls used to decorate cakes, and because they expand rapidly upon contact with water, they may, if accidentally ingested, obstruct the intestine, or, if they enter the airway, impede or completely prevent the passage of air, resulting in respiratory distress and/or asphyxia. The assessment of the article carried out by the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (note 24277 dated 01.06.2010) showed that after only 30 minutes, the balls had increased in volume by over 300%.


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.
 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Seizure of the products, withdrawal from the market and recall from consumers ordered by the authorities.

 
Description:  Transparent 8 g package containing hygroscopic balls. Each package contains balls of a single colour. Colours available are: white, transparent, yellow, orange, light green, blue, red, purple, pink. They are available in small, medium and large sizes. Original diameter: small - 1.25 mm; medium - 1.7 to 2.0 mm; large - 2 to 2.5 mm. The product’s specification sheet states that the balls can increase their original weight by 120 to 150 times.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Italy
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2010 - 46

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Alert number: 1708/10       
Category:  Furniture
 
Product:  Roller blind
 
Brand: Provec
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  63009000
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Strangulation
 
The product poses a risk of strangulation, especially for small children, due to the presence of a long operative loop (approximately 120 cm long) and the absence of devices for keeping the bead chain (loop) out of the reach of the children.

The product does not comply with the EN-13120 Internal blinds.

One fatal accident reported.
 

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

 
Description:  Roller blinds in various sizes (width 120, 140, 160 and 180 cm) and colour, operated by a bead chain on one side of the blind. The blind is intended to be mounted by a consumer.
Country of origin:  Finland
Alert submitted by:  Finland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2010 - 46

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Alert number: 1720/10       
Category:  Gas appliances and components
 
Product:  Gas barbeque
 
Brand: Bonfire
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Cadiz item no. 933054
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Fire
 
The product poses a risk of fire because of the gas leakage. The flames can come outside the user's panel in the front of the barbeque and the barbeque can still operating even after switching the user gas tap to the OFF position.

The product does not comply with the Gas Appliances Directive and the relevant European standard EN 498.
 

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary stop of sales, withdrawal from the market and recall from consumers. (By: Other)

 
Description:  Barbecue burning liquefied petroleum gas. The barbecue is mainly made of stainless steel and has four wheels so it can easily be moved.
Country of origin:  Taiwan
Alert submitted by:  The Netherlands
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2010 - 46

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Alert number: 1698/10       
Category:  Chemical products
 
Product:  Popper
 
Brand: 1. Vu-Du, 2. Tessier-Ashpool
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 
The product poses a chemical risk because it contains isoamyl nitrite which is classified as harmful by inhalation and if swallowed. In humans, the adverse effects resulting from inhalation of isoamyl nitrite, as well as other substances in the alkyl nitrite family, include headaches, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, hypotension, restlessness and tachycardia; it can cause cyanosis, fainting, shortness of breath, muscle weakness, methemoglobinemia, visual disturbances (due to the increase in intraocular pressure) and increase in intracranial pressure. It may also lead to headaches, acute psychosis, temporary hemiplegia, coma and, in rare cases, sudden death. There have also been reports of haemolytic anaemia and, in some patients, formation of Heinz bodies. Inhalation can also trigger serious and extensive dermatitis.
 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Seizure of the products by the authorities.

 
Description:  1. AETHER: The container is a brown glass 50-ml bottle with a black plastic cap. On the front of the bottle is a light-coloured label with a picture of a man wearing a straw cowboy hat and mirrored sunglasses. Underneath the picture, on a black band, appears the name of the product, Aether, with the first letter in light blue and the other letters in white. On the back of the bottle, against a white background, appear the two symbols indicating that the substance is harmful (black diagonal cross on an orange background) and highly flammable (black flame on an orange background) above the corresponding captions “harmful” and “highly flammable”. Underneath these symbols appears the following text: R 12-19-22-66-67; S 9-16-29-33; N° CE 200-467- 2. 2. POPSTAR: The container is a brown glass 10-ml bottle with a black cap. The beige-coloured label, with geometric leaf shapes in shades of grey, has a horizontal band that is orange on the front and fades into blue and violet on the back, and a vertical black stripe bearing the word ‘PopStar’ in white and yellow (gradating into orange) lettering. At the bottom of the stripe is a rainbow-coloured circle outlined in white. The label on the back of the bottle bears various captions: Commercial name: PopStar; isoamyl nitrite (97%) stabilised. The warnings for use of the product are also present, as are the name, address and e-mail of the importer/distributor, the risk phrases, the number CE 203-770-8 and the caption “Labelled in accordance with EC standards”. At the top are the two symbols indicating that the substance is harmful (black diagonal cross on an orange background) and highly flammable (black flame on an orange background) above the corresponding captions “harmful” and “highly flammable”.
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Italy
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2010 - 46

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Alert number: 1699/10       
Category:  Chemical products
 
Product:  Bicycle tyre repair kit
 
Brand: RED SUN
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode:  8033928925843
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 
The product poses a chemical risk because it contains 54.4% by weight of benzene.


The product does not comply with the REACH Regulation.
 

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary withdrawal from distributors and suppliers by the importer. (By: Other)
Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Seizure of the products by the authorities.

 
Description:  Each package comprises secondary cardboard packaging bearing promotional information and/or warnings stamped onto a red background, white lettering on blue at the front, and white lettering on a yellow background around the edges, on the bottom and at the back of the packaging, reading as follows (in Italian): “Bicycle Tyre Repair Kit - Best Accessories - Practical, Useful, High Quality”. Inside the package is a small tube, presumably made of aluminium, bearing the words “RED SUN” printed in orange on a white background. The package also contains four patches for inner tubes and a small metal file.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Italy
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2010 - 46

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Alert number: 1710/10       
Category:  Lighters
 
Product:  Lighters - Bulgaria – King lighter
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  1. barcode 6921747362968, 2. barcode 6943082910055, 3. barcode 69217473629
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Fire
 
The products pose a risk of fire because they are not sufficiently resistant to continuous burning, to free falling and to cyclic burning. Moreover they do not fulfil the functional requirements such as flame height, flame extinguishing, and resistance to dispersion and light testing.


The product does not comply with the relevant European standard EN ISO 9994.
 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Withdrawal from the market and recall from consumers ordered by the authorities.

 
Description:  Plastic gas disposable lighters with a torch. The products are available in various colours. They contain a large quantity of gas and are unusually long – their length is about 16 cm. They have no safety mechanism. There is a button which produces the flame but there are either no inscriptions or different inscriptions on the plastic part of the lighter (e.g.: "Bulgaria", "Obzor"). There is a label with additional information about the country of origin – China, the inscriptions: King lighter and instructions for use. The products are sold without packaging. They are placed on a stand that holds 20 items.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Bulgaria
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2010 - 46
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  Bulgaria, Sweden

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Alert number: 1706/10       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Passenger car - iQ
 
Brand: Toyota
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Model year: 2008 to 2010. <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/images/rapex/2010-w46/2010-w46_18-vins.pdf">See attached VIN-numbers.</a>
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
The product poses a risk of injuries because under certain specific driving conditions, the electric power steering warning light may come on and the required effort to turn the steering wheel may increase.
 

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

 
Description:  Passenger car
Country of origin:  Japan
Alert submitted by:  Portugal
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2010 - 46
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  Bulgaria, Ireland, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Slovenia, The Netherlands, Iceland, Finland, Estonia, Hungary, Greece, Lithuania, Malta, Sweden

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Alert number: 1712/10       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Passenger car - SX4 and Swift
 
Brand: Suzuki
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  SX4 2WD 1.6L (RW416) and Swift 1.3L (RS413) (Recall Campaign 99-SK)
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
The product poses a risk of injuries because securing screws of the outside rear view mirrors assembly on the mirror base may be loosened as the screws do not have stopper, when the excessive vibration and/or bending stress applied onto the threads during use. In worst case, the outside rear view mirrors may be come out from the base, if the vehicle used continuously even after the screws are loosened.
 

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

 
Description:  The recall concerns vehicles produced between 31 May 2007 and 22 September 2009 (SX4) and 28 February 2008 and 17 September 2009 (Swift), with VINs from JSAGYA21S0000107882 to JSAGYA21S00207083 (SX4, Greece only).
Country of origin:  Japan
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2010 - 46
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  Germany, Denmark, Ireland, The Netherlands, Malta, Spain, Hungary, Slovenia

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Alert number: 1713/10       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Passenger car - Citroen C5
 
Brand: Citroen
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  e2*2001/116*0360*07
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
The product poses a risk of injuries (road accident) due to the loss of efficiency of the parking brake noted by an absence of force when using the parking brake lever.
 

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

 
Description:  Unknown
Country of origin:  France
Alert submitted by:  Ireland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2010 - 46
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  The Netherlands, Slovenia, Denmark, Spain, Bulgaria, Hungary, Greece, Sweden, Portugal

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Alert number: 1719/10       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Passenger car - Insignia
 
Brand: Opel.
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Insignia Model year: 2011.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
The product poses a risk of injuries because the “Driver Airbag Module” may separate from the horn plate of the steering wheel in case of deployment.
 

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

 
Description:  Light passenger vehicle. Fabrication numbers: from B 1 017475 to B 1 051478.
Country of origin:  Germany
Alert submitted by:  Portugal
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2010 - 46
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  Germany, Denmark, Spain, The Netherlands, Finland, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Sweden, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania

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Alert number: 1730/10       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Passenger car - Astra and Insignia
 
Brand: OPEL
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Models Astra J and Insignia (recall campaign 10-C-046)
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
The product poses a risk of injuries because of anti-pinch malfunction on front door window regulator right side (RH) that might appear. As a result, the hand or fingers of the passengers might entrap during the function of closing the window.
 

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

 
Description:  The recall concerns 2010 and 2011 model year OPEL Astra J vehicles, with VINs from B 8 023030 to B 8 023938 (factory: Ellesmere Port) and from A G 091656 to B G 041791 (factory: Gliwice) and Insignia vehicles, with VINs from B 1 055991 to B 1 060051 (factory: Ruesselsheim).
Country of origin:  Germany, Poland, United Kingdom
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2010 - 46
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  Denmark, Finland, Portugal, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Sweden, Hungary

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Alert number: 1729/10       
Category:  Other
 
Product:  Bath mat - Tesco Value Bath Mat
 
Brand: Tesco
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Barcode 5051140803261
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
The product poses a risk of injuries due to the danger of broken bones and bruising from slipping.

4 incidents reported.
 

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary stop of sales and recall from consumers by the retailer. (By: Other)

 
Description:  Cream coloured bath mat. Packed rolled up with white, red and blue “value range” packaging. Product dimensions approximately 720 x 360 mm. Instructions for use are included on the packaging.
Country of origin:  Italy
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2010 - 46
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  Ireland

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Alert number: 1690/10       
Category:  Childcare articles and children's equipment
 
Product:  Shoes for babies
 
Brand: Melihua
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Ref.: 4016/SL
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 
The product poses a risk of choking because the decoration can be easily detached and swallowed.
 

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

 
Description:  Baby's shoes, synthetic outer and sole, with Velcro fastenings. Strawberry decoration.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2010 - 46

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Alert number: 1694/10       
Category:  Childcare articles and children's equipment
 
Product:  Baby walker - Lauflernhilfe; Gehfrei; Laufwagen
 
Brand: Swisskids
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Rosalie 2009
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
The product poses a risk of injuries because:

- the underside of the seat frame has sharp corners / edges on which the child could injure his fingers or toes,

- there is no device preventing accidental collapse or dismantling of the baby walker,

- the product can easily tip over.

The product does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 1273.
 

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary stop of sales and withdrawal from the market. (By: Other)

 
Description:  Baby walker with pink frame, a yellow and pink patterned seat and an activity tray with a sound module.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2010 - 46

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Alert number: 1726/10       
Category:  Childcare articles and children's equipment
 
Product:  Teether - My baby’s Teether
 
Brand: Tesco
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Barcode 5051898331597
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 
The product poses a risk of choking because some of the rubber rings are not well attached and could become detached.
 

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary stop of sales and recall from consumers by the retailer. (By: Other)

 
Description:  Baby Teether with rattle faces.
Country of origin:  Thailand
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2010 - 46
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  Ireland

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Alert number: 1689/10       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Soft toy - Gabi osos varios colores
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Reference: SO-0100
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 
The product poses a risk of choking due to the presence of small parts (eye, button) that can be easily detached and ingested or inhaled.

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

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary withdrawal from the market, recall from consumers and destruction of the products. (By: Other)

 
Description:  Stuffed soft toy in the form of a small brown bear wearing a white raincoat. Size of small teddy bear – 12 cm
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  France
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2010 - 46

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Alert number: 1691/10       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Baby's toy caterpillar
 
Brand: Heimess
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 
The product poses a risk of choking because it could get stuck in the mouth of children unable to sit up unaided.


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

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary recall from consumers. (By: Other)

 
Description:  Toy to be hung up, comprising of several different shaped pieces of wood (some painted) and a bell threaded onto a red plastic string, with a wooden/metal/plastic clip. Total length: approximately 26 cm Weight: 76 g. Function: baby's toy.
Country of origin:  Germany
Alert submitted by:  Austria
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2010 - 46
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  Finland, Germany

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Alert number: 1692/10       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Soft horse
 
Brand: LOVELY NEDDY
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Model: 31313
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 
The product poses a risk of choking because it contains small parts that can be easily swallowed.

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

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

 
Description:  The product in question is a stuffed, soft fabric horse. It is provided with various accessories such as a comb, bows, hairdryer, mirror, etc. Description of packaging: A cardboard box with a picture of the horse and the brand name, a sticker showing the CE marking and the symbol for products which are unsuitable for children under the age of 3 years.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2010 - 46

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Alert number: 1696/10       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Plastic dinosaur - The World of Dinosaur
 
Brand: Dausini
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  The World Of Dinosaur, EAN 8787247897984
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 
The product poses a chemical risk because it contains 1.4% by weight of bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and 4% of di-"isononyl" phthalate (DINP).

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

The product also poses a chemical risk because the film contains a high concentration of lead, 333 mg/kg.

The product does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 71.
 

Measures taken by economic operators: Import rejected by the customs authorities and voluntary destruction of the products by the importer. (By: Other)

 
Description:  Toy set comprising a number of dinosaurs in various colours, a palm tree and a plastic film. Material: plastic. Packaged in transparent plastic with a yellow lid and tray made of woven fabric.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2010 - 46

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Alert number: 1697/10       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Toy set with plastic animals - The World of Animal
 
Brand: Dausini
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  The World Of Animal, EAN 8787247897960
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 
The product poses a chemical risk because it contains 6.5% by weight of dibutyl phthalate (DBP).

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

Measures taken by economic operators: Import rejected by the customs authorities and voluntary destruction of the products by the importer. (By: Other)

 
Description:  Toy set comprising a number of animals in various colours. Material: plastic. Packaging in transparent plastic with a red lid and tray made of green woven material.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2010 - 46

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Alert number: 1705/10       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Dinosaur Egg magic
 
Brand: PMS
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Item Number 036/251
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 
The product poses a chemical risk because:

- the green dinosaur egg contains

0.33% by weight of bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and 1.17% by mass of di-n-octyl phthalate (DNOP),

- the purple dinosaur egg contains 0.18% by weight of bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), 1.24% by mass of di-n-octyl phthalate (DNOP).

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

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

 
Description:  Plastic Dinosaur, purple and green varieties, in a transparent plastic egg.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2010 - 46

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Alert number: 1707/10       
Category:  Clothing, textiles and fashion items
 
Product:  Women`s sandals - Sandals Wodmeng
 
Brand: Wodmeng
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Article No. 913134, size 40
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 
The product poses a chemical risk due to the presence of 3.7 mg/kg of dimethylfumarate (DMF) in the footwear and 0.55 mg/kg in the sachet which is included inside the packaging.

Dimethylfumarate is a substance which is strongly sensitising on contact with the skin, and consumer products containing dimethylfumarate are banned according to Commission Decision 2009/251/EC.
 

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

 
Description:  Women's sandals packed in a cardboard box marked “Wodmeng”. On the label is the article number and size. There is also a mould-proof sachet with information “DO NOT EAT” in the box containing the sandals.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Estonia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2010 - 46

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Alert number: 1715/10       
Category:  Clothing, textiles and fashion items
 
Product:  Children’s dresses
 
Brand: SHUN DA
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  1. Article code: 5549, 2. Article code: 5547, 3. Article code: 5552, 4. Article code: 5550, 5. Article code: 5555.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 
The products pose a chemical risk because they contain Hexavalent Chromium, in concentrations varying from 0.6 to 5 mg/kg. Given that Oeko Tex Standard 100 states that, to ensure optimum quality, total chromium content should be less than 1 mg/kg for children’s clothing and less than 2 mg/kg for all other clothing, irregardless of whether it is in contact with the skin, and that Chromium VI should actually be below the detection threshold. The substance’s cutaneous sensitisation properties, i.e. its ability to cause allergic reactions such as contact dermatitis, have been demonstrated by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR 2007). Given that the target population is children, that the chromium VI content is between the values above, and that children have a tendency to suck on their clothing, we consider that exposure may occur not only via the cutaneous route, but also by the oral and inhalatory route.
 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Seizure of the products ordered by the authorities.

 
Description:  <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/images/rapex/2010-w46/2010-w46_27-description.pdf">See attached document</a>.
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Italy
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2010 - 46

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Alert number: 1717/10       
Category:  Clothing, textiles and fashion items
 
Product:  Scarf - Ahmaddy Seidenschal Red (Ahmaddy red silk scarf)
 
Brand: Ahmaddy
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Red silk scarf, P-1105-X
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 
The product poses a chemical risk because various coloured/patterned sections of the silk material contain azo dyes releasing the aromatic amine 3.3’- dimethylbenzidine (170 / 640 / 270 / 110 mg/kg) and pentachlorphenol (11.0/ 20.0 mg/kg).

The product does not comply with the REACH Regulation.
 

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary recall from consumers by the importer. (By: Other)

 
Description:  Silk scarf with a pattern mainly in shades of red, 120 cm long, 95 cm wide, spun in a cord-like fashion with ruched piping on the long sides.
Country of origin:  India
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2010 - 46

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Alert number: 1718/10       
Category:  Clothing, textiles and fashion items
 
Product:  Shawl - Ahmaddy turquoise/blue woollen shawl
 
Brand: Ahmaddy
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Wool, turquoise/blue, P-1078-62
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 
The product poses a chemical risk because various portions of the silk fabric dyed/patterned contain pentachlorphenol (290/1050 mg/kg).

The product does not comply with the REACH Regulation.
 

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary recall from consumers by the importer. (By: Other)

 
Description:  Predominantly blue/magenta patterned ultra-fine woollen shawl, 180 cm long 70 cm wide.
Country of origin:  India
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2010 - 46

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Alert number: 1721/10       
Category:  Clothing, textiles and fashion items
 
Product:  Children’s jacket - Quan Qiu Tong – New' Fashion
 
Brand: Denis
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Strangulation
 
The product poses a risk of strangulation due to the presence of drawstrings in the hood.

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

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

 
Description:  Children’s winter jackets with a hood that has functional cords, intended for children up to 7 years of age. The products are available in various colours: pink – with an embroidered inscription "Barbie" on the front and red with an embroidered inscription "Billa bong" on the front. Some labels have been attached to the products and they contain information about the composition: 100% polyester, information about the producer, the type of product – children’s jackets, some common symbols for washing, ironing etc. The product is sold in transparent polyethylene packaging. <font color="#ff0000">THE PRODUCTS ARE COUNTERFEIT.</font>
Country of origin:  Bulgaria
Alert submitted by:  Bulgaria
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2010 - 46

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Alert number: 1722/10       
Category:  Clothing, textiles and fashion items
 
Product:  Children’s set
 
Brand: Diamond
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Model 127, bar code 3800824086303.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
The product poses a risk of injuries due to the presence of drawstrings in the waist area.

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

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

 
Description:  Children’s sets of brand Diamond consisting of two parts – a sweatshirt and a pair of trousers with cords in the waist area. On the front of the sweatshirt there is an inscription “Superior sport”. There are also labels containing information about the producer and composition. The products are sold in transparent packaging bearing the inscription “Diamond”.
Country of origin:  Bulgaria
Alert submitted by:  Bulgaria
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2010 - 46

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Alert number: 1723/10       
Category:  Clothing, textiles and fashion items
 
Product:  Children’s jacket - Classic Fashionable
 
Brand: APLX
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  CY-T8
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Strangulation
 
The product poses a risk of strangulation due to the presence of drawstrings in the hood.

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

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

 
Description:  Children’s jacket with a hood that has cords with metal toggles. It is fastened by means of a zipper and metal buttons. There are also some decorative buttons on the pockets. On the inner side of the jacket there is a label with the inscription: "APLX classic fashionable" and the size. There is another label which contains information about the model CY-T8 and the inscription: APLX classic fashionable” and an additional textile label with information about the composition: 100% nylon. The product is sold in transparent packaging.
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Bulgaria
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2010 - 46

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Alert number: 1724/10       
Category:  Clothing, textiles and fashion items
 
Product:  Children’s sets consisting of three parts - Artiste
 
Brand: SMARALD
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Model: NY-R810
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Strangulation
 
The product poses a risk of strangulation due to the presence of drawstrings in the hood.

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

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

 
Description:  Children’s sets of brand "Smarald" consisting of three parts: a sweatshirt with hood that has functional cords ending in knots. On the front there is an appliqué with the inscription: "Artiste" and an attached label with the inscription: "SMARALD" on the inner side and another label with the same inscription and information about the model NY-R810. The other part of the set is a blouse with printed inscriptions: "Artiste", "apprenti, peinture" and a pair of jeans that have a label containing information in Bulgarian about the composition. The product is sold in transparent packaging.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Bulgaria
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2010 - 46

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Alert number: 1725/10       
Category:  Clothing, textiles and fashion items
 
Product:  Children’s jackets - Diva - AIXINDAO
 
Brand: YIRU
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Model J009
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Strangulation
 
The product poses a risk of strangulation due to the presence of drawstrings in the hood.

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

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

 
Description:  Children’s jacket with a hood that has cords with plastic toggles, brand, "YIRU", model J009. On the front there are small embroidered flowers and an appliqué with the inscription: "Diva" and "AIXINDAO" and an attached decorative cord in the right lower section of the front. On the inner side of the jacket there is a label with the inscription "YIRU" and the size. There is another label which contains information about the model, the inscription "YIRU", classic wear, classic fashion kids and some information about the composition.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Bulgaria
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2010 - 46

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Alert number: 1727/10       
Category:  Clothing, textiles and fashion items
 
Product:  Men’s shoes
 
Brand: Sport
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 
The product poses a chemical risk because the insole contains azo dyes releasing the aromatic amines in a concentration between 34.1 and 209.5 mg/kg which exceeds the permitted limit of 30 mg/kg.

The product does not comply with the REACH Regulation.
 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Stop of sales ordered by the authorities.

 
Description:  Men’s shoes made of fabric and synthetic velour with a warm lining. They are brown and have a plastic sole, brand “Sport”. The shoes are packed in a cardboard box.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Bulgaria
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2010 - 46

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Alert number: 1728/10       
Category:  Clothing, textiles and fashion items
 
Product:  Men’s shoes
 
Brand: XIU XIAN
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 
The product poses a chemical risk because it contains azo dyes releasing the aromatic amine 4,4 – oxydianiline in a concentration of 210.8 mg/kg which exceeds the permitted limit of 30 mg/kg.

The product does not comply with the REACH Regulation.
 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Stop of sales ordered by the authorities.

 
Description:  Men’s shoes made of artificial leather, brand "XIU XIAN". They are black and are packaged in a cardboard box. They have a metal buckle and the inscription "Suit". The sole is made of natural rubber and the insole is made of artificial leather.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Bulgaria
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2010 - 46

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Alert number: 1703/10       
Category:  Cosmetics
 
Product:  Balm
 
Brand: Горный чистотел - Balm of Mount celandine (Chelidonium L.)
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  EAN: 4607017269992; Produced: 02.2010
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 
The product poses a chemical risk because it contains 25% ammonia.

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

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

 
Description:  Balm in 1.2 ml plastic bottle. Approximate size of bottle: 1 cm x 5 cm. The product is designed for correction of cosmetic defects of the skin.
Country of origin:  Russian Federation
Alert submitted by:  Estonia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2010 - 46

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Alert number: 1693/10       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Lamp holder
 
Brand: Lumibel
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  LU-7160
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock, Fire
 
The product poses a risk of electric shock because live parts can be touched and a risk of fire because it overheats.


The product does not comply with the relevant European Standard EN 60238.
 

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

 
Description:  White lamp-holder
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2010 - 46

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Alert number: 1695/10       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Travel adaptors
 
Brand: Lumibel
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  LU-6005, LU-6015 , LU-6035
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock, Fire
 
LU-6015:


The product poses a risk of fire because:


- a plug with a higher rating can be inserted in the socket of the accessory;


- the holes in the sockets are not sufficiently elastic to guarantee enough contact pressure with the plug pins which could be inserted:.


The product poses a risk of electric shock because:


- The adaptor can be easily opened while in use, and the side earthing contacts can deform.


LU-6005:


The product poses a risk of electric shock because:


- the active parts of the base protected by shutters are accessible without a plug being inserted.


LU-6035:


The product poses a risk of fire because:


- a plug with a higher rating can be inserted in the socket of the accessory;


- the holes in the sockets are not sufficiently elastic to guarantee enough contact pressure with the plug pins which could be inserted.


The product poses a risk of electric shock because:


- there are no shutters;


- a connection between a plug pin and a hole in a live socket can be established while the other pin is accessible;


- the adaptor can easily be opened while still in use.


The products do not comply with the relevant national standard UNE 20315.
 

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

 
Description:  LU-6015: a white English-Spanish adaptor, no packaging LU-6005: a white English-Spanish adaptor, no packaging LU-6035: white multiple adaptor, blister packaging.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2010 - 46

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Alert number: 1701/10       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Night light - Plug-In Night Light
 
Brand: Disney <font color="#ff0000">(MAY BE COUNTERFEIT)</font>
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  6732
 
Batch number / Barcode:  5021703067324
 
Risk type:  Electric shock, Fire
 
The product poses a risk of electric shock and fire because it is made from material which is not sufficiently resistant to heat and the material may deform resulting in access to live parts. It poses a particular risk for children because it is decorated with child-appealing pictures which might lead a child to manipulate it whilst it is plugged into the socket.


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

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

 
Description:  Night light made from white PVC with pictures of Disney characters. Packed in a blister with blue background.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Slovakia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2010 - 46
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  Poland

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Alert number: 1709/10       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  DVD Player
 
Brand: Silvertec
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  DVD-H865A; Bar code: 6 417536 657006
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 
The product poses a risk of electric shock because the creepage distances and clearances in the mains transformer are not sufficient.

The product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive (LVD) and the relevant European standard EN 60065.
 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Recall from consumers ordered by the authorities.

 
Description:  DVD Player
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Finland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2010 - 46

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Alert number: 1711/10       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Electric Travel kettle - Boots Travel Kettle
 
Brand: Boots
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Item Number: 59-03-718. Bar Code: 50-45095-90371-718.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Burns
 

The product poses a risk of burns because under certain conditions the handle may become excessively hot.
 

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

 
Description:  Electric travel kettle made from white plastic.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2010 - 46
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  Ireland