On with the show after safety checks completed

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Western Australian children will have the difficult but fun task of choosing their favourites from 286 showbags at this year's IGA Perth Royal Show after they were given the all clear from safety inspectors.

Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said after thorough checks by Consumer Protection and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, all showbags were deemed safe for children.

"The Perth Royal Show is a major community event so we want to ensure it is as safe as possible for everyone to enjoy," Mr Mischin said.

"The examination of the contents of showbags focused on choking or strangulation hazards, sharp edges and banned products, but there were no major issues found this year.

"Only five showbags containing cosmetics did not have the required ingredient labelling, however this was quickly rectified by the supplier.

"The product safety officers had a particular focus on button batteries this year following recent deaths and injuries due to young children swallowing them.

"Showbags with button-battery toys all had a secured compartment as required, so there is less chance of them breaking loose and posing a hazard.  However, we still recommend parents remain vigilant if toys contain these easy to swallow batteries."

The Minister said traders selling unsafe products could be prosecuted, with fines from $220,000 for individuals and up to $1.1 million for companies.

"We are pleased with the level of co-operation from showbag traders at the show and commend their quick action as soon as any issues were found," he said.

"Consumers should be advised that, when selecting toys, they need to consider whether the toys are suitable for the age and stage of development of the child.

"Buying showbags is one of the highlights of going to the Royal Show and now consumers can have peace of mind that what they are buying is deemed safe."

Mr Mischin said the State Government was providing free public transport across the greater metropolitan area on Monday, September 28, so he encouraged West Australians to take a free train or bus to the show.

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Minister's office - 6552 5600

Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Sep 2015

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