UK Government

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Extra funding announced for consumer protection at ports

Press Release   •   Mar 03, 2010 11:03 GMT

Consumer minister Kevin Brennan has today announced £300,000 of extra funding to help stop dangerous and unsafe products finding their way into British shops.

The new funds will allow specialist Trading Standards officers to step up their operations at the UK’s two largest ports, Southampton and Felixstowe.

The minister announced that Trading Standards South East will receive £45,500 for their work at the Port of Southampton and Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

Consumer minister Kevin Brennan said:

"The work of Trading Standards teams, like the one at Southampton, is vital to make sure that the products in our shops are safe.

"Whether they’re buying a barbeque or Christmas lights, consumers don’t expect their shopping to be dangerous and Trading Standards officers are at the border to give consumers that reassurance, preventing unsafe products entering the UK market.

"Over 4.2 million tons of cargo comes through Southampton each year and it is the main gateway for imports from the Far East. The extra funding that we’ve made available for these teams reflects the national importance of the work that they do."

Local Better Regulation Office Chairman Clive Grace said:

"We are very pleased about this funding, which will greatly benefit the work of trading standards officers at ports such as Felixstowe in addressing what is effectively a national threat.

"Our research shows the additional surveillance this funding will provide will save the country £4.8 million by reducing injuries and losses to consumers and product recalls for business."

Notes to Editors

Suffolk Trading Standards will also receive £85,000 for monitoring at the Port of Felixstowe.


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