The Customs and Excise Department (C&ED) today (October 25) reminded parents to watch out for the potential hazards posed by toys and to pay attention to the warnings and usage instructions on toys.
With Halloween just around the corner, Customs officers recently conducted spot checks on toy retailers and sent 25 samples of various Halloween toys for safety tests by the Government Laboratory. The samples included toy masks, balloons, face painting kits, party toys and costume accessories.
According to the Toys and Children's Products Safety Ordinance, all toys supplied locally must be structurally safe and bear appropriate warning labels together with the name and local address of the suppliers. Test results indicated that all samples had passed relevant structural safety tests but samples of six types of toys were found not bearing the local address of suppliers and relevant warning labels. Customs will take follow up action in this regard.
A Customs spokesman said, "To ensure the safety of toys on sale in the market, the department will continue to conduct spot checks on retailers and take samples for safety tests. Outreaching seminars will also be organised for the trade regularly to promote their awareness of and compliance with the ordinance."
Parents should take note of the following toy safety tips:
To report unsafe toys and children's products, the public may call the Customs 24-hour hotline 2545 6182 or write to the Consumer Protection Bureau (1), C&ED, at 14/F, Customs Headquarters Building, 222 Java Road, North Point, Hong Kong.
Ends/Thursday, October 25 2012