Diesel with low flash point can damage car engine

(Results of monitoring of fuel quality – August 2015)(Prague, September 25, 2015) Personal cars with diesel engines are increasingly more popular among consumers. However, highest number of samples that fail quality standards as stipulated in technical standard are diesel fuel samples that became the most problematic fuel type within inspections carried out by the Czech Trade Inspection Authority. After no poor quality samples were discovered in July, situation worsened in August. Out of 230 samples of fuels collected at filling stations last m...

Toys composed of small parts are dangerous for children

(Prague, September 23, 2015) The Czech Trade Inspection Authority warns against serious risk posed especially to smallest users by toys composed of small parts that can be easily separated. One of such toys is a coloured plastic wind-up fish collected to inspection of safety by inspectors who monitored toys offer of in the Czech market. All released small components that fitted into the test tube for small parts, such as fins, wheels, tail parts as well as plastic stickers, pose serious risk of suffocation or choking. Therefore the product was ...

CTIA didn’t let 5,000 scooters to EU internal market

(Prague, September 23, 2015) CTIA cooperates with administration offices concerning statements on letting consumer goods into the EU internal market in cases when appropriate administration office is asked for expert opinion. Last of these was a request made by the Customs Office of the Capital of Prague concerning physical inspection of children’s folding scooters imported by the company Marika, s. r. o. After inspection of a particular parcel on the premises of the customs office, the Czech Trade Inspection Authority issued negative statement...

Funeral services providers deceive and cheat bereaved

(Partial report of 2nd quarter of 2015)(Prague, September 21, 2015) Results of inspections that were carried out from April 1 to June 30, 2015, on the premises of funeral homes confirmed rightfulness of the decision to repeat the inspection action this year. CTIA officers discovered flaws in almost 45% of inspections, despite most of them were minor breaches of obligations. Sellers most frequently breached obligations stipulated in the Act on Consumer Protection when having failed to properly fill in the order of services and bills of purchase ...

Counterfeits – 2nd quarter of 2015

(Interim report of 2nd quarter of 2015)(Prague, September 18, 2015) Inspections focused on violations of intellectual property rights were carried out in all types of workplaces, i.e. ordinary shops, stalls as well as e-shops, in the 2nd quarter of 2015. In almost fifth of 600 cases CTIA inspectors collected counterfeits, i.e. products infringing certain rights of owners of intellectual property. However, there were more flaws detected, namely within three thirds of all inspections. “As regards brands, rights of owners of the brands Burberry an...

Waste collection facilities in 2nd quarter of 2015

(Continuous report of 2nd quarter of 2015)(Prague, September 14, 2015) In the 2nd quarter of 2015, flaws were detected within 30 of 107 inspections carried out by the Czech Trade Inspection Authority within an inspection project focused on purchase of secondary raw materials. Six violations of the Act on Wastes was transferred to the Czech Environmental Inspectorate for further investigations. In total 17 fines amounting to the total of 158,000 CZK were lawfully imposed and use of 7 measuring instruments was prohibited in the evaluated period. ...

Fakes for 45 million in Hatě

(Report on results of extraordinary inspection action)(Brno, September 15, 2015) Inspectors of the Czech Trade Inspection Authority increased their attention concerning inspection of counterfeits at the ASIA BAZAR marketplace at Hatě near Znojmo on September 11 and 12. Counterfeited goods were collected and vendors will be fined in administrative proceedings concerning prohibited use of unfair commercial practices. In total 4,160 pieces of counterfeits of textile clothing, footwear, leather goods and toys amounting to more than 45 million CZK c...

Discrimination – first half of 2015

(Continuous report of 1st quarter of 2015)(Prague, September 11, 2015) Results of inspections carried out by the Czech Trade Inspection Authority in the 1st half of 2015 showed that consumers are discriminated in the Czech market rather rarely. Consumer discrimination was monitored within almost a thousand inspections and only 8 cases of discrimination were proven. The following cases were considered discrimination on the ground of nationality: failure to provide alimentation services to restaurant guests of non-Asian origin, billing a service ...

Plastic duck not suitable for game!

(Prague, September 10, 2015) During ordinary monitoring of the market with toys, officers of the Czech Trade Inspection Authority found out that a product is offered which poses serious risk to children users. A plastic duck on wheels has several colours and looks safe, but opposite is the truth. Its movable parts, i.e. wings and wheels, can be easily separated from the body by torsion or pulling and these small parts can be easily swallowed or inhaled by a child. Therefore sale of this toy was prohibited and distributor subsequently took actio...

Goods within special offers and seasonal clearance sales

(Continuous report of 2nd quarter of 2015)(Prague, September 7, 2015) There is no doubt that Czechs love discounts and vendors know how to use this fact as well as inattention of buyers at cash desks. Inspections by the Czech Trade Inspection Authority proved that vendors still violate generally binding legal regulations, especially at the beginning of special offers when inspectors most frequently detect incorrect billing or missing price tags. Flaws were detected in 493 of more than a hundred inspections, including repeated inspections and ex...
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