More than 2,300 unsafe products recalled in Abu Dhabi
More than 2,300 products across 21 categories have been recalled in Abu Dhabi for failing safety and quality conformity tests, according to the Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council (QCC).
The QCC, the entity responsible for developing quality infrastructure in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, says that the recall has been conducted voluntarily by the various suppliers involved.
The products include toys, electrical appliances, cosmetics, cigarettes and tobacco, all of which were examined and deemed unfit for sale as part of the QCC’s inspection campaigns on controlled products carried out in H1 2017.
During that campaign, QCC inspectors examined a total of 36,291 products from 852 suppliers in the emirate.
The campaigns are part of QCC’s sustained efforts to ensure that all products retailed in the markets of Abu Dhabi meet its stringent quality and safety requirements in a bid to prevent defective products with health or safety risks attached from reaching consumers.
“QCC keeps a close tab on all commercial activities in Abu Dhabi through carrying out routine and surprise market inspections to ensure that all traders and suppliers adhere to the relevant safety and quality regulations,” said Sultan Al Mehairi, Director of Information Service and Engagement at QCC.
“Such inspections demonstrate our continued commitment to enhancing awareness of our quality and conformity requirements especially for controlled products,” he added.
Al Mehairi used the sale of toys as an example of how the QCC ensures a safe and quality supply chain.
“With regard to toys, our inspectors issue warnings to outlets retailing non-compliant toys. We ask them to take corrective measures to ensure they comply with specified standards and requirements before allowing them to resume the sale of such products,” he said.
As part of the inspection drive, 12,038 toys from 319 suppliers were examined including cotton toys, water toys and assembly toys, puzzles, audio, video and motor games, colouring toys, handicrafts, disguises and masks.
Inspectors examined the toys for the GSO Conformity Marking and other relevant details and warning information.
The campaign also targeted electrical appliances including air conditioners, refrigerators, washing machines, televisions, cooking equipment such as water boilers, frying machines, grills and ovens as well as personal care products such as razors, among others.
A total 13,409 products from 224 establishments were checked and the inspectors ascertained that all the products complied with the relevant quality and safety requirements and carried the ECAS certificate issued by the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA).
The requirements stipulate that all electrical appliances should be fitted with a 3-pin plug, and energy-intensive devices such as air conditioners, refrigerators, washing machines and dryers must carry the energy efficiency label from ESMA to indicate their energy efficiency rating.
An appliance with more stars is considered more efficient.
The campaigns also examined 10,844 tobacco products from 309 establishments. QCC inspectors confirmed their compliance with relevant regulations, such as obtaining an ECAS certificate, and ensuring that the packs carried graphic images illustrating the risks of smoking as well as the required statutory warnings.
Al Mehairi also noted that QCC inspectors routinely monitor Abu Dhabi markets to ensure that recalled products are not offered on sale using the Manaa product recall system.
He urged consumers to register on Manaa and follow QCC’s social media channels to receive the latest news and updates on recalled products from the emirate’s markets.
Al Mehairi also thanked retailers for their cooperation with QCC inspectors, seeking their continued support for the council’s efforts to improve the overall quality of products sold in Abu Dhabi markets through joining the ‘Quality Partner Program’.