RECORD NUMBER OF SHOWBAGS CHECKED FOR SAFETY

A record number of 381 showbags were checked and deemed safe by NSW Fair Trading consumer protection officers ahead of this year’s Sydney Royal Easter Show, Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Matt Kean announced today.

Fair Trading inspected the showbags last month to ensure the hundreds of toys and other novelty items inside them meet stringent product safety standards. While there was a high level compliance overall, the inspections uncovered around a dozen unsafe or problematic items.

Examples include a toy tractor with small parts that posed a choking hazard, and glitter eyeliner not correctly labelled with ingredients. “All of these items have been either removed or rectified with the full cooperation of the suppliers involved,” Mr Kean said.

“Following a final round of inspections by Fair Trading early this morning, consumers can be assured that everything has been done to ensure this year’s record crop of showbags are as safe as they are fun,” he said. “Fair Trading will continue conducting random checks of the showbag pavilion throughout the Show, as well as the prizes on offer along Sideshow Alley and items for sale by stallholders.”

Earlier this week, Fair Trading inspectors visited 38 mobile food vendors to ensure their electrical and gas installations are compliant and safe. SafeWork NSW engineers inspected a number of amusement rides upon bump-in at the Show. SafeWork will also conduct random daily inspections of work health and safety compliance, focusing on electrical installations, LPG cylinders, traffic management and people working at heights.

The Sydney Royal Easter Show runs from today until Wednesday 19 April.

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