Trading Standards in the UK exists to protect consumers from harm caused by faulty or unsafe products. Some of the products recalled over the years have ranged from the dangerously unsafe to the downright bizarre. Here, Accident Advice Helpline takes a closer look at some of the products that have been recalled down the years.
Trading standards: Not just a modern phenomenon
Many people would suppose that the work of Trading Standards began in recent years, in the new era of health and safety and risk assessment. However, Trading Standards has been around in one form or another since the Norman conquest. The controlling of weights and measures has been enforced for centuries, and standardisation has always been a problem. In 1358, Edward III outlawed the use of the Bismar scale, typically used by wool merchants.
Trading Standards officers were known as “Inspectors of Weights and Measures” until the late 19th century, when merchants would bring their weighing equipment to the town hall to have it stamped and approved for use. However, in the industrial era, the scope of the inspectors increased to include the inspection of explosives and their storage. The 1875 Sale of Food and Drugs Act granted the powers to the inspectors to order samples for examination to evaluate the quality as well as the quantity of food.
Since then, Trading Standards has used its authority to recall everything from children’s Halloween masks that were found to have a type of glue that could have caused skin rash to bakery goods recalled for containing milk, when it was not expressly stated so on the packaging.
Trading standards perform a vital role in protecting Britain’s consumers from harm. Their officers work tirelessly to ensure the safety and well-being of consumers and their work is to be commended. However, not all defective products are caught by the eye of Trading Standards. If you’ve suffered harm or an injury as the result of a defective product within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, then it’s time to contact Accident Advice Helpline. We are a registered law firm with over 15 years’ experience in all areas of personal injury compensation, including defective and faulty products. Our lines are open 24/7 where a friendly and professional adviser is awaiting your call on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: March 6, 2014
Author: David Brown