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Safety takes top billing in showbag checks

29 August 2019

Product safety officers with South Australia’s consumer watchdog have pored through more than 400 showbags ahead of the start of the Royal Adelaide Show this week.

CBS Director of Compliance and Enforcement Paul Bertram said inspectors had been working with showbag suppliers to ensure items met Australian product safety standards.

“This year, our team has so far inspected 419 showbags – covering roughly 1530 individual items - to determine whether there are any items that could be dangerous or unsafe,” Mr Bertram said.

“In total, we’ve seen nine items modified to address safety concerns.

“These have included cosmetic products amended to include ingredient labels, sunglasses that now have the correct labelling, the inclusion of warning labels on items featuring a button battery and the inclusion of a screw on a toy’s battery enclosure.”

Mr Bertram said that, in addition, showbag suppliers have agreed to voluntarily remove three items from showbags this year – a sticky hand that could be mistaken for food, an umbrella with a removable component that reveals a sharp point and a toy with small parts that may liberate during use, leading to a choking hazard.

“I’m pleased that suppliers have heeded our concerns and agreed to remove these items,” he said.

Mr Bertram said staff from Consumer and Business Services are continuing to finalise checks ahead of the start of the Show on Friday, and will also be in attendance at the show.

“If any members of the public have concerns about the safety of products being offered for sale during the 2019 Royal Adelaide Show, I encourage them to contact CBS on 131-882,” he said.