UK product recalls hit new highChinese-made goods blamed for increase

14 January 2008

The number of dangerous products recalled in the UK has hit a new high, according the latest figures.

Research by City law firm Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) found that a total of 190 products were recalled last year across consumer goods, food, and pharmaceuticals.

That was up from 179 recalls the previous year.

Analysts have blamed the increase on the influx of Chinese-made goods.

Last summer Mattel recalled millions of Chinese-made toys amid fears over lead in paint and the use of small magnets which children could choke on.

Toy recall

The biggest rise in recalls was in the consumer goods category, which was up from 73 in 2006 to 91 last year.

Food and drink recalls also increased from 71 to 74, while recalls in the pharmaceuticals category dropped from 35 to 27.

RPC partner Mark Kendall said: ‘We have been warning for years of the risks in uncontrolled out-sourcing to China and other developing countries.

‘Many companies need the cost savings from outsourcing to China to drive their earnings, but the statistics show that putting in place proper quality-control procedures to protect their customers is easier said than done.

‘While lessons will have been learned from the Mattel recall, the problem will not be solved over night. We expect to see more of the same.’