Unlabelled light chains can endanger users’ health

(Prague, September 5, 2013) They are cheap, good for parties and family celebrations, with sound effects, but they have a serious shortcoming – they are dangerous. “Expert assessment of five light chains collected in the internal market showed that these products fail the requirements of harmonized standards in a number of parameters and their labelling does not comply with the appropriate legal regulations. When the electric cord is plugged in or when the product is used wrongly, users can easily get injured by electric current. The Czech Trad...

1.4 million fine to pap oil for poor quality petrol

(Prague, September 4, 2013) General Inspectorate of the Czech Trade Inspection Authority decided about the appeal of the company PAP OIL čerpací stanice, s.r.o. against a fine amounting to 1,500,000 CZK imposed for repeatedly detected sale of poor quality petrol at its filling station in Černošín. The Director General of the CTIA Vladimír Velčovský reduced the fine amount to 1,400,000 CZK after having considered the company’s objections. It is the highest fine lawfully imposed for sale of poor quality fuels in 2013. The Director of the Plzeňsk...

Keyboards with dangerous electric cord

(Prague, September 4, 2013) When monitoring electronic products in the retail market, CTIA inspectors detected sale of dangerous electric keyboards SHAN DOU, SD-4901A. “Proportions of the flat electric cord plug don’t comply with the stipulated model and a user can get injured by electric current when plugging it in. Besides the mentioned threat, instructions for safe use in Czech were missing and the product was not properly labelled. Therefore the sale of the keyboards was immediately banned. The product will be notified into the database of ...

Penalty kicks on football field, fines in restaurants

(Report on special action within UEFA Super Cup in Prague)(Prague, September 3, 2013) Incorrect amounts, failure to inform about prices, overcharged bills and uncertified measuring tools were the most frequent shortcomings that inspectors of the Czech Trade Inspection Authority detected within inspections related to the football match UEFA Super Cup 2013 in Prague. While football teams and fans were preparing for the football feast, inspectors were punishing “fouls” in restaurants, shops with groceries, souvenirs, and textile goods. In the peri...

There were serious breaches of fuel quality

(Results of inspections of fuel quality in July 2013)(Prague, September 3, 2013) Monitoring and inspection of fuels at filling stations continued in July. Out of the total number of 225 collected samples, 8 samples – i.e. 3.6% - failed the stipulated quality requirements. “The rate of noncompliant fuel samples is almost the same, but higher proportion of serious deviations from quality standards is disturbing and suggests potential manipulation with fuels or production defects. Significance of the breaches will be taken into account by inspecto...

Risky purchases of scooters without marking and instructions

(Prague, August 27, 2013) Scooters still are among popular toys and the offer in the market is wide. The Czech Trade Inspection Authority continuously checks whether these products are also safe for their users. “Inspectors checked 44 types of children scooters in total within an inspection action in which 85 business entities were inspected. They detected shortcomings in 16 models – e.g. CE marking of conformity was missing, information about manufacturer, importer or distributor as well as obligatory information and warnings for consumers wer...

Half of procurement centres breach laws

(Interim report for the second quarter of 2013)(Prague, August 29, 2013) Inspections of procurement centres continued in the second quarter of 2013 when the number of shortcomings increased by 20% in comparison with the previous period. “Half of inspected operators had problems abiding with applicable laws when procuring secondary raw materials. Besides breaches of fairness of sale, inspectors proved failures to inform about prices of procured secondary raw materials, use of uncertified measuring tools as well as shortcomings in obligatory regi...

Watch out for unlabelled e-cigarette fillings

(Ústí nad Labem, August 28, 2013) Some smokers who don’t want to give up their pleasure seek for less harmful alternatives among which electronic cigarettes have played major part in recent years. However as the number of buyers increases, so does the number of suggestions to controls submitted to the Czech Trade Inspection Authority. “Electronic cigarettes are mostly purchased in e-shops that often don’t comply with binding legal regulations. Therefore the CTIA recommends consumers to properly check labelling of liquid fillings, so called e-l...
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