Potentially dangerous soft toys seized from city centre shop

Cllr Nick Kemp, Newcastle City Council cabinet member for environment, with the haul of seized goods
Cllr Nick Kemp, Newcastle City Council cabinet member for environment, with the haul of seized goods

Potentially dangerous toys and counterfeit goods have been seized from a national retailer’s Newcastle city centre branch. 

Trading Standards officers, acting on a consumer complaint, seized approximately 2,000 items from the shop, including popular ‘squishy’ toys. 

The toys had labelling issues meaning there were risks over their safety, while other items seized were found to be cheap imitations of genuine safety-checked products. Among them were pillows and cushions.  

Cllr Nick Kemp, Newcastle City Council cabinet member for environment, said: “Without knowing exactly what these items were made of we can simply not be certain they would have been safe for children to play with. 

“They could have posed all kinds of health risks and it is of considerable relief that they have been removed following a consumer complaint and swift action by our Trading Standards officers.   

“As ever we are extremely grateful for the information provided by the consumer and encourage anyone who has any doubts to raise them with our Trading Standards team 

“The imitated cushions and pillows were poorly-made counterfeits which have no place in our high-street shops. 

“I hope anyone who seeks to work their way around regulations takes note of these seizures and thinks twice before trying to produce and sell dangerous and illegitimate goods.” 

The job of the Trading Standards team is to protect consumers and support legitimate businesses in Newcastle upon Tyne. 

If you wish to report a business or person that you suspect may be carrying out an illegal activity, please use our online form at www.newcastle.gov.uk/business/trading-standards or email tradingstandards@newcastle.gov.uk