Royal Show showbags given seal of approval

Media Statement from Simon O'Brien

•280 showbags pass Consumer Protection product safety tests
•No poisonous elements detected in toys sent for lab testing
•Free entry to Royal Show for children under 13

Showbags to be sold at this year’s Perth’s Royal Show have been given the seal of approval by Consumer Protection after a thorough product safety inspection of their contents.
Commerce Minister Simon O’Brien said toys and novelty objects inside the 280 bags to be offered had been examined to ensure they posed no danger to children, and the overall result was a thumbs up, as was the case in 2011.
“Inspections focused on potential choking or strangulation hazards, sharp edges and labelling. Minor labelling issues were identified but have since been rectified,” Mr O’Brien said.
“A few toys were sent for laboratory testing to ascertain whether there were high levels of poisonous elements present, such as lead, mercury or arsenic. Thankfully nothing untoward was detected.”
The Minister commended the Royal Agricultural Society (RAS) for its annual inspection invitation to Consumer Protection’s Product Safety team.
“The co-operative relationship between the RAS and Consumer Protection means showgoers can be sure Perth Royal Shows showbags meet Australian safety standards.  Despite that peace of mind, anyone choosing toys should consider the suitability in relation to the age and stage of development of the child in question,” he said.
Mr O’Brien said information had also been offered to stallholders to ensure they were aware of safety standards before selling items at the show.
“Compliance of stallholders is improving each year, which is very encouraging for this important event in Perth’s calendar,” he said.
“Also don’t forget the State Government has again provided funding to ensure all children under 13 get free entry to the show when accompanied by an adult.”
 
Fact File
•Perth Royal Show - September 29-October 6, 2012
•Since 2010, there has been no cause to remove items from showbags due to dangerous levels of lead or other heavy metals
•Traders selling non-compliant products can face prosecution, with penalties from $220,000 for individuals and up to $1.1million for corporations
•More information about product safety available:  http://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/consumerprotection or http://www.productsafety.gov.au

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