Harmful goods supplier fined £3k

18 March 2015

More than 6,000 batteries were seized by Trading Standards across Neath Port Talbot – each one potentially harmful to the public.
The import firm which supplied them to local shops has been fined over £3,300 by a court.
Neath Port Talbot Council leader Ali Thomas said: “Our Trading Standards team takes consumer safety seriously; they will protect the public.”
The case goes back to August 2013 when Trading Standards visited a store after a complaint about faulty batteries.
Batteries were corroded and leaking; checks at other stores found similar goods and 6,310 batteries were seized. Samples broke safety regulations.
They were leaking zinc chloride and ammonium chloride which are potentially irritating and corrosive to skin.
They were traced back to Leicester-based importer Crown Crest who were taken to court this month. They admitted the charges and were fined £3,334.00 with £565.25 costs.
To report product safety concerns phone 03454 040506 (consumers) or 01639 685678 (business).

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