By Delly Bagu – EM TV, Port Moresby
The Christmas buying period has begun and with the New Year’s sales around the corner, shoppers are encouraged to beware of unsafe products on the shelves.
The warning comes as the Independent Consumer and Competition Commission recently completed its annual pre-Christmas toy survey.
The surveyed showed that certain shops are selling dangerous toys and other items without proper labels.
At a media conference held this afternoon at the ICCC office, samples of dangerous toys were displayed to create awareness for consumers during this festive season.
ICCC Commissioner, Dr Billy Manoka said, during the pre-Christmas survey of 146 shops, a good number of banned toys that do not meet consumer product safety standards were found on the shelves.
Products that have been banned include certain aquatic toys, toy-like novelty cigarette lighters, yoyo water balls, small high-powered magnets and non-English labeled foodstuff. Some of these products do not have safety labels like the need for adult supervision.
Others like the yoyo water balls contain toxic content inside.
ICCC will do a risk assessment and take appropriate actions to safeguard consumers. Businesses have been warned to remove such products from the shelves as ICCC will be monitoring this situation.
Consumers are encouraged to contact the ICCC if they see any of the banned items or non-English labeled products in shops for appropriate action to be taken.