William Eichler 21 August 2019

County council’s trading standards team seizes £23m of unsafe items

A trading standards team in Suffolk has seized nearly one million unsafe consumer items at the Port of Felixstowe.

Figures for 2018/19 show that 996,143 items across 670 product lines were targeted, assessed and detained at the port by Suffolk County Council’s Trading Standards Imports Team.

The total value of the goods is estimated to be around £23m.

Four in 5 of the UK’s consumer goods arrive in the UK by a container. Half of these enter via the Port of Felixstowe.

Suffolk is one of the few authorities to host a dedicated Imports Team, which is directly funded by National Trading Standards.

Cllr Richard Rout, cabinet member for Environment and Public Protection at Suffolk County Council, said that the team’s work has potentially saved ‘hundreds of lives’.

‘The Imports Team plays a vital role at the Port of Felixstowe. Their work not only protects the people of Suffolk, but everyone in the UK, by preventing unsafe items finding their way into the supply chain,’ he said.

‘The team is constantly monitoring items coming into the country which could cause significant harm. Just from these recently detained items, it is not an over-exaggeration to say that hundreds of lives have potentially been saved.

‘A single unsafe electrical item could result in a house fire, involving all our emergency services, putting multiple lives and property in danger. The fact that we are detaining such a large number of these items every year, reduces those risks considerably.’

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Travel Information Data Technician

Essex County Council
Up to £25581 per annum
This is an exciting opportunity to work across all aspects of the Integrated Passenger Transport Unit (IPTU). Working with a passionate and dedicated England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Planning Strategy & Implementation Manager

Essex County Council
£57621 - £61410 per annum
Planning Strategy & Implementation Manager Permanent, Full Time £57,621 to £61,410 per annum Location
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Senior Accountant

Telford & Wrekin Council
£39,571 - £42,614
Are you a qualified Accountant looking to take the next step in your career? Telford, Shropshire
Recuriter: Telford & Wrekin Council

Family Assessment Worker

Telford & Wrekin Council
£25,419 to £27,514
We have a great opportunity for a full time Family Assessment Worker in the Parenting Assessment Team. Telford, Shropshire
Recuriter: Telford & Wrekin Council

Neighbourhood Enforcement Officer

Telford & Wrekin Council
£23,023 - £24,920
The post holder will tackle environmental crimes and unlawful parking. Telford, Shropshire
Recuriter: Telford & Wrekin Council

Partner Content

Circular highways is a necessity not an aspiration – and it’s within our grasp

Shell is helping power the journey towards a circular paving industry with Shell Bitumen LT R, a new product for roads that uses plastics destined for landfill as part of the additives to make the bitumen.

Support from Effective Energy Group for Local Authorities to Deliver £430m Sustainable Warmth Funded Energy Efficiency Projects

Effective Energy Group is now offering its support to the 40 Local Authorities who have received a share of the £430m to deliver their projects on the ground by surveying properties and installing measures.

Pay.UK – the next step in Bacs’ evolution

Dougie Belmore explains how one of the main interfaces between you and Bacs is about to change.