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Unsafe toys better run, not hide - Fair Trading safety inspectors are coming to town

25 September 2017

With 13 weeks until Christmas, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) Product Safety Team has begun its state-wide annual toy safety check Operation Safe Christmas 17.

Fair Trading Executive Director Brian Bauer said Fair Trading officers will check Queensland retailers are selling toys which meet mandatory safety standards, some of which include portable swimming pools and aquatic toys in the lead up to summer.

“Previous Christmas safety operations have been very positive the last few years, with only six products removed from shelves last year, from the 331 toy safety checks conducted across the state,” Mr Bauer said.

“Fair trading inspectors will use Operation Safe Christmas 17 as an opportunity to engage with Queensland retailers and raise awareness of the national mandatory toy safety standards.”

During Operation Safe Christmas 17, all eight OFT offices across Queensland will assist with surveillance, forwarding products suspected of not meeting standards to the Consumer Product Safety Team in Brisbane for further investigation.

Some products of particular focus in this year’s operation will include portable swimming pools, aquatic toys, toys for children up to 36 months, projectile toys and children’s toys containing magnets or button batteries.

Any toys or products removed from sale from Operation Safe Christmas 17 will be published on the OFT website in December 2017.

Traders can find information on toy safety standards and product bans at www.productsafety.gov.au.

Consumers can report unsafe toys to the OFT at www.qld.gov.au/fairtrading or by calling 13 QGOV (13 74 68).