EU – The European Commission has released its annual statistics on the reports of dangerous products in the scope of the EU rapid alert system for unsafe products (RAPEX in short). According to the statistics, in 2015 a total number of 2,072 alerts were reported – that corresponds to a decline of almost 15% compared to 2014 when a record number of 2,435 complaints were lodged. As such, 2015 is the second year, in which the reports of the European rapid alert system that was initiated in 2003 declined.
The most frequently reported items were toys with 27%, that is 1% less than in 2014, followed by clothes/textiles (17%), motorised vehicles (10%) and electrical appliances (9%). The most frequent risks stated for the reported products were chemical contaminations (25%) such as prohibited phthalates or chromium VI that is found in leather products again and again.
62% of the reported products came from China (2014: 64%), 15% from the European Union. The highest number of alerts was recorded in Spain (239 alerts), followed by Hungary (238) and Germany (208).