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Loom Band danger as importer fined

Published Friday, 26 February 2016

A resident who was caught importing and distributing loom bands from China which not only contained a dangerous foreign object, but were made from cancer causing materials, was prosecuted by Enfield Trading Standards and fined on the 18 February at Tottenham Magistrates Court.

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Osman Kaderia, 41, of South Lodge Drive, Southgate was fined £500, ordered to pay costs of £500 and a £20 Victim Surcharge after pleading guilty of failing to adhere to the Toys (Safety) Regulations 2011, REACH Regulation.

Enfield Council originally received a complaint from Derbyshire Trading Standards on 5 September 2014 when a small white tablet (of unknown origin) was found in a packet of loom bands. Enfield Council’s Trading Standards then contacted the importer ‘London Europe’ to check their systems.

After further investigation it was found that the business were having toys manufactured in China under their brand name, London Europe, without following the appropriate procedures to ensure that the products were safe.

As part of the investigations into the safety of the bands, which are often used by children, Dorset Trading Standards purchased some ‘London Europe’ loom band charms and sent them for testing. They were found to contain unacceptably high levels of Phthalates – a CMR substance (carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction) above the limits allowed under the REACH Regulation and the Toys (Safety) Regulations.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said: “Enfield Council adopts a zero tolerance approach where safety is concerned. Therefore, any traders or individuals caught selling dangerous goods to the public will be brought to book.

“I’d strongly advise members of the public to be somewhat cautious when purchasing low-value goods, especially toys, manufactured in the Far East and where the safety requirements are not necessarily the same as those in the UK. Materials used in their design may be of an inferior quality, which could cause harm and may not have been subjected to the same rigorous health and safety checks that we’d expect. Always consider purchasing such products from a reputable business.

“It was shocking to see that the loom band packet contained an unknown pill that a child could have swallowed, but also that the bands themselves were made from cancer-causing materials. I am glad that they we have taken them off the streets.”

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