Toys account for 43 per cent of Chinese product recalls

Increased UK emphasis on safety regulations causes rise in recalls in 2010.
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Overall product recalls in the UK have jumped 12 per cent to reach a record high, according to research.

A total of 229 products were recalled last year across consumer goods, food and pharmaceuticals, up from 205 in 2009, City law firm Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) has reported.

Faulty Chinese products continued to pose a problem, representing 62 per cent of consumer recalls, with toys making up 43 per cent of all Chinese product recalls, RPC said.

RPC partner Stuart White said: "Despite China's continued efforts to improve safety standards, the huge proportion of recalls deriving from Chinese products shows that the problem with standards in China has not gone away.

"Toy recalls from China are very common. The problem is partly caused by the demands of the toy industry to bring new products to market rapidly."

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