Several products that were sold by big-name high street brands have been recalled as they could pose a safety risk. H&M, Next, River Island and TK Maxx are among the retailers to issue product recall notices so far this month (August).
While supermarkets and other food sellers escalate safety recalls to the Food Standards Agency, there is a separate list for items such as clothing, gadgets and accessories. Many of the products featured were sold on online marketplaces, where the quality checks might not be so stringent, but occasionally well-known chains also appear in the list.
Government guidance explains: “The regulation of product safety in the UK is the responsibility of market surveillance authorities, including the Office for Product Safety and Standards and local trading standards authorities. Where [authorities] identify that a product is unsafe through investigations, or where they have been notified by a business that a product they have placed on the market is unsafe, this must be notified on the Product Safety Database.
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“Products which present a serious or high risk and those which have been recalled are published on the list.” We’ve rounded up some of the recalls issued by high street brands in the past few weeks:
Product: SARINA Fast Charge Dual Wall Charger sold by TK Maxx.
The square-shaped wall charger was sold in the colours pink, lilac and white, and was on sale from May-June 2023. The product codes affected are 376020, 376026 or 376027.
What’s wrong with it? “The product presents a risk of electric shock and fire. The plug supplied with the product does not meet the dimensional requirements of BS 1363, meaning that users may be able to access live parts when plugging in, or unplugging the plug from the socket.
“The plug also does not contain a fuse link and is therefore inadequately earthed, and the product did not pass the electric strength test. Additionally, single pin insertion is possible, allowing access to live parts. The product does not meet the requirements of the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016.”
What does it look like? View a picture and the full recall notice on TK Maxx’s website.
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Product: Giraffe Lantern and Bronze Bear Lantern
The item numbers are C45711 and U77075 respectively.
What’s wrong with it? “The products present a risk of fire as it is possible for the candle holder to fail in use, causing the candle to fall in an uncontrolled manner. The products do not meet the requirements of the General Product Safety Regulations 2005.”
What does it look like? View a picture and the full recall notice on the Next website
Product: Flying Tiger Light Clay 5 Mix
Described as a five-colour light clay in five separate round small plastic containers. Item numbers 3036547 and 3014809
What’s wrong with it? “The product presents a chemical risk as it contains an excess concentration of Boron. Ingestion or contact with an excessive quantity of boron may harm the health of children by damaging the reproductive system. The product does not meet the requirements of the Toys (Safety) Regulations 2011.”
What does it look like? View a picture and the full recall notice on Flying Tiger’s website
(This recall notice dated August 16 is taken from the H&M website, not the gov.uk list)
Product: Clasp beaded bracelet
The bracelet has been sold in stores in the men’s department and at hm.com from December 2022 until July 2023.
What’s wrong with it? “The limit of lead is too high in the bracelet and violates the REACH Regulation. Lead is a substance that poses risks to people’s health and the environment. Levels of exposure can cause damage to people and wildlife.”
What does it look like? View a picture and the full recall notice on H&M’s website
Product: Yass Queen Embellished Graphic T-Shirt
This girls’ T-shirt with embellishments was sold from April-June 2023, product code 457981.
What’s wrong with it? “The product presents a chemical risk as it features decorative embellishments that contain lead in levels that exceed the recommended limit. Lead is toxic and can cause adverse health issues when mouthed for prolonged periods or ingested.
“The product does not meet the requirements of the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation & restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Enforcement Regulations 2008.”
What does it look like? View a picture and the full recall notice on River Island’s website