Consumer Affairs Victoria staff have inspected more than 350 showbags and examined more than 3,400 items they contain - including toys, sunglasses, cosmetics and novelty items - in preparation for the Royal Melbourne Show commencing on 23 September.
As part of these product safety examinations, inspectors:
- found 63 items that were subject to further examination and testing, with 20 requiring further action
- found 17 cosmetic products lacking mandatory information standards for cosmetics
- removed one train set without a secure battery compartment
- removed one pair of sunglasses that failed to meet mandatory safety standards
- removed one projectile toy without a protective tip.
Under the Australian Consumer Law (Victoria), it is unlawful to supply projectile toys, cosmetic-type applications, sunglasses and toys for children up to and including 36 months of age, which do not meet mandatory safety and information standards.
Our inspectors raised their concerns with showbag suppliers, who have undertaken to either make the items compliant or remove them from their showbags when offered for sale at the Show.
We have worked with the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria for more than three decades, to ensure showbag contents are safe, and that consumers have confidence all products have passed rigorous inspections.
Our inspectors will also be attending other metropolitan and regional shows across Victoria as part of our state-wide inspection program, ensuring non-compliant and dangerous products are identified and removed from sale.