Wednesday, 14 September 2016
Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said product safety officers from Consumer Protection inspected the contents of every showbag and only discovered labelling issues with some items.
"The officers found eight showbags containing cosmetics, toiletries and temporary tattoos did not have the correct labels listing the ingredients as required by product safety regulations,"
Mr Mischin said.
"The labelling issues have been quickly rectified by the suppliers in time for the start of the show, so all showbags on sale have now been deemed safe for children by complying fully with Australian safety standards."
The Minister said the inspectors focused on toys and novelty items to determine if any had sharp edges or could pose a choking, strangulation or other hazard to children.
"Particular attention was paid to items containing button batteries, but all battery compartments were found to be secured. However, parents should remain vigilant if toys contain these small batteries which can easily be swallowed and can prove fatal to small children," he said.
"Families with a mix of older and younger siblings should ensure children under three do not get hold of toys intended for children above three years of age.
"Suppliers or sellers who offer unsafe products for sale could face heavy fines, so it is in their best interests to ensure all their products are compliant. I appreciate their co-operation in quickly rectifying the issues identified by the safety audit.
"The pre-show safety examinations are conducted each year at the invitation of the Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia to ensure this major community event is as safe as possible for everyone to enjoy."
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