Showbags get the safety tick of approval - News alert

Skip listen and sharing tools
23 August 2019
News alerts

Consumer Affairs Victoria inspectors have checked more than 2,800 items from more than 360 showbags to ensure they meet safety and information standards, before they go on sale at this year’s Royal Melbourne Show.

While most items were deemed safe, the inspections uncovered 30 items that failed to meet mandatory safety or information standards. As a result, 22 items were removed from sale and eight items were removed from sale pending further testing.

The items are:

  • seven cosmetic products that failed to include ingredient labelling, risking harmful allergic reactions to consumers with chemical sensitivities
  • six projectile toys that did not have the required warning labels regarding the dangers of aiming at the eyes and face
  • seven sunglasses that did not include mandatory consumer information, risking eye injury
  • nine toys aimed at children aged up to 36 months old⁠—two that have been found to be non-compliant and another seven that will require more testing to determine if small parts of the toy pose choking hazards
  • one battery-powered drone that will undergo further testing by inspectors to check whether the batteries can easily be removed, posing a risk of serious injury or death if a child swallows them.

Under the Australian Consumer Law, it is illegal to supply products that do not meet mandatory safety and information standards.

Businesses found selling such products can receive $5,000 on-the-spot fines. Serious and repeat breaches of product safety laws can lead to court action and penalties of $500,000 for individuals, and $10 million for companies.

Our inspectors will be attending metropolitan and regional shows across Victoria as part of a state-wide inspection program, identifying and removing non-compliant and dangerous products.

The Royal Melbourne Show starts on 21 September.