Firm fined for selling unsafe goods in Weymouth

Dorset Echo: The unsafe products were found at Weymouth's 99p Store The unsafe products were found at Weymouth's 99p Store

A COMPANY behind a national chain of discount stores has been fined £3,500 for selling unsafe goods in Weymouth.

99p Stores Limited pleaded guilty to the charge of supplying goods prohibited by safety regulations at its store in St Mary Street.

The company’s commercial director, Hussein Lalani, was in court to hear the decision.

99p Stores Ltd was brought to Weymouth Magistrates court by Dorset County Council Trading Standards after the results of an investigation that took place last year.

The product under review was a set of Nail Nation nail varnishes, which contained Bis(2-ethylhexyl), a phthalate listed in the Cosmetic Products (Safety) Regulations.

The phthalate is also contrary to section 12 of the Consumer Protection Act.

Jon Harris, an officer from the Dorset Trading Standards Service, represented the county council in court.

He revealed tests were made on the product at Worcestershire Scientific Services between April and May last year.

Upon discovering the phthalate, questions were then put in writing to the company.

Magistrates heard Mr Harris suggest that Bis(2-ethylhexyl) had been shown to impair fertility.

Mr Harris added that it wasn’t the first time the company had been found supplying unsafe products.

He highlighted a case brought against the company by Leicestershire County Council Trading Standards in February.

It was fined £16,500 for selling children’s toys containing toxins above the legal safe level.

Solicitor Alan Millband, speaking on behalf of the company, said the nail varnish sets sold in Weymouth, came from a Chinese supplier and that there was a ‘mix up between orders’.

He said: “99p Stores Ltd is a retailer of goods at a specific price but it is not in the market of supplying poor quality or substandard items.”

Mr Millband said the potential for harm was acknowledged but no actual harm had been caused.

He added: “The amounts the test certificates showed were not huge in themselves.”

Mr Millband confirmed the company immediately stopped selling the product in its stores and quarantined remaining items after the test results.

He added: “There was another shipment en-route, which was turned back on the instruction of the company.”

Mr Millband said the incident was ‘dealt with fully, frankly and in a non-evasive way’ and asked magistrates to consider this in their decision-making.

The bench said they recognised there was no intention or motive to cause harm and acknowledged the company’s cooperation with relevant authorities throughout the process.

In addition to the £3,500 fine, the company was ordered to pay costs of £944 towards Dorset County Council, with 28 days to pay the amount in full.

Both Coun Peter Finney, the county council's cabinet member for community services, and Ivan Hancock, the county council's trading standards service manager, spoke after the case.

Coun Finney said: “Our trading standards officers are in regular contact with Dorset-based businesses and provide advice to help them comply with safety requirements.

“This work helps support local business and protects consumers. If any local supplier is unsure of their legal requirements I would urge them to contact the trading standards business advice line on 01305 224702 for guidance.”

Mr Hancock said: “Businesses importing cosmetic products play a critical role in ensuring unsafe goods are not sold to UK consumers.

"They are legally responsible for checking that all cosmetics are safe before distributing them."

He added: "Once prohibited goods have been distributed and sold it is very difficult to ensure these do not put consumers at risk. Importers need to be vigilant and diligent and where consumers’ safety is put at risk by their failures formal action is always a consideration for us.

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2:03pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Harpya Orkinus says...

All companies doing business with the far east - and particularly china and 'nam should be publicly denounced as *Traitors to the West*! !
All companies doing business with the far east - and particularly china and 'nam should be publicly denounced as *Traitors to the West*! ! Harpya Orkinus
  • Score: -8

3:55pm Tue 18 Mar 14

arlbergbahn says...

Harpya Orkinus wrote:
All companies doing business with the far east - and particularly china and 'nam should be publicly denounced as *Traitors to the West*! !
Still fighting the Vietnam War? Anyway, if we followed your advice, we'd have no electronic devices or indeed much clothing to wear.
[quote][p][bold]Harpya Orkinus[/bold] wrote: All companies doing business with the far east - and particularly china and 'nam should be publicly denounced as *Traitors to the West*! ![/p][/quote]Still fighting the Vietnam War? Anyway, if we followed your advice, we'd have no electronic devices or indeed much clothing to wear. arlbergbahn
  • Score: 10

4:15pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Get a grip says...

Anyone remember when may items were marked Empire Made?
Anyone remember when may items were marked Empire Made? Get a grip
  • Score: 2

4:53pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Harpya Orkinus says...

The immense amount of money china in particular extracts from the West is spent on trashing other countries' land & Wildlife - and building military infrastructure to support their navy around the world, ready for when the West wakes up and says *NO!!* to them. Booby-trapped food is laid out for Elephants in Ceylon, which explodes and blasts their mouths apart when they bite into it (I have seen photographs of a BABY Elephant with its face half blown away by one of these infernal devices) - and all because Ceylon's tories want china to build a super-highway right through Elephant country, to facilitate the plantation of oil palms in their destroyed jungle homes. Elephants are also massacred in Afrika, to provide ivory for the chinee to carve into trashy trinkets - NO sense of REAL values !! Jaguars are being machine-gunned in S Amerika, because the Unspeakable chinee want their bones to put in their idiotic (and over-priced) wine. I could spend the next week sitting here telling the apparently unenlightened why trade with the far east is a
Bad Idea, but since so many in Weymouth - or at least, the readers of the Ohec, seem to have a very tory-tory outlook, how would this do instead: David CaMORON is trying to INCREASE trade with china, whilst at the same time viciously sanctioning his fellow countrymen (well, the English, I mean - not the Scots !!) for being unemployed. Meanwhile, his cronies in the Conspiracy of Bungling Incompetents have not noticeably reduced the retail price of products derived from sweatshop labor, but are merely enjoying enhanced profits. Their adulation of money is a sickness which wiser people than Europans - a few thousand klicks to the West - warned in the 19th century would end up destroying the Earth.. And Herr CaMORON has the sheer GALL to suggest that we should not view commerce as the enemy of the environment (2013 speech) - methinks he doth protest to much, or maybe he was just following Adolf Hitler's dictum that the bigger the lie you tell, the more likely everyone will believe it !!
The immense amount of money china in particular extracts from the West is spent on trashing other countries' land & Wildlife - and building military infrastructure to support their navy around the world, ready for when the West wakes up and says *NO!!* to them. Booby-trapped food is laid out for Elephants in Ceylon, which explodes and blasts their mouths apart when they bite into it (I have seen photographs of a BABY Elephant with its face half blown away by one of these infernal devices) - and all because Ceylon's tories want china to build a super-highway right through Elephant country, to facilitate the plantation of oil palms in their destroyed jungle homes. Elephants are also massacred in Afrika, to provide ivory for the chinee to carve into trashy trinkets - NO sense of REAL values !! Jaguars are being machine-gunned in S Amerika, because the Unspeakable chinee want their bones to put in their idiotic (and over-priced) wine. I could spend the next week sitting here telling the apparently unenlightened why trade with the far east is a Bad Idea, but since so many in Weymouth - or at least, the readers of the Ohec, seem to have a very tory-tory outlook, how would this do instead: David CaMORON is trying to INCREASE trade with china, whilst at the same time viciously sanctioning his fellow countrymen (well, the English, I mean - not the Scots !!) for being unemployed. Meanwhile, his cronies in the Conspiracy of Bungling Incompetents have not noticeably reduced the retail price of products derived from sweatshop labor, but are merely enjoying enhanced profits. Their adulation of money is a sickness which wiser people than Europans - a few thousand klicks to the West - warned in the 19th century would end up destroying the Earth.. And Herr CaMORON has the sheer GALL to suggest that we should not view commerce as the enemy of the environment (2013 speech) - methinks he doth protest to much, or maybe he was just following Adolf Hitler's dictum that the bigger the lie you tell, the more likely everyone will believe it !! Harpya Orkinus
  • Score: 0

4:53pm Tue 18 Mar 14

cosmick says...

Get a grip wrote:
Anyone remember when may items were marked Empire Made?
Anyone remember when we saw MADE IN BRITIAN.
[quote][p][bold]Get a grip[/bold] wrote: Anyone remember when may items were marked Empire Made?[/p][/quote]Anyone remember when we saw MADE IN BRITIAN. cosmick
  • Score: 10

5:28pm Tue 18 Mar 14

elloello1980 says...

let's not criticise the chinese. let's learn from them (manufacturing = money).

We are poor, they are rich.
let's not criticise the chinese. let's learn from them (manufacturing = money). We are poor, they are rich. elloello1980
  • Score: 5

8:24pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Harpya Orkinus says...

cosmick wrote:
Get a grip wrote:
Anyone remember when may items were marked Empire Made?
Anyone remember when we saw MADE IN BRITIAN.
Yeah - I remember Empire Made - it meant cheap tat made in Hong Kong !!
But I should like to see a lot more of Made in Britain - but while ever the CBI persist in whoring out work to china (AND other far east countries), our own people are denied the opportunity to learn the skills in electronics at which chine & japan seem to excel. Britain was once a proud country that led the world - AND ruled the waves - but now it is reduced to the national indignity of
outsourcing most of its manufacturing requirements - which SHOULD be regarded as treasonous. Indeed, when I got home recently with a 3-liter tub of freeze-dried Mealworms for my visiting avian friends, what did I see on the label ?? Right, you've guessed it - the three most detested words in the English language !! I don't think I need to tell ANYONE what they are....
[quote][p][bold]cosmick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Get a grip[/bold] wrote: Anyone remember when may items were marked Empire Made?[/p][/quote]Anyone remember when we saw MADE IN BRITIAN.[/p][/quote]Yeah - I remember Empire Made - it meant cheap tat made in Hong Kong !! But I should like to see a lot more of Made in Britain - but while ever the CBI persist in whoring out work to china (AND other far east countries), our own people are denied the opportunity to learn the skills in electronics at which chine & japan seem to excel. Britain was once a proud country that led the world - AND ruled the waves - but now it is reduced to the national indignity of outsourcing most of its manufacturing requirements - which SHOULD be regarded as treasonous. Indeed, when I got home recently with a 3-liter tub of freeze-dried Mealworms for my visiting avian friends, what did I see on the label ?? Right, you've guessed it - the three most detested words in the English language !! I don't think I need to tell ANYONE what they are.... Harpya Orkinus
  • Score: 1

10:54pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Under35andout says...

the chinese are good at making stuff they make everthing , oh and your adidas nike and everthing else factorys are also in china , oh btw the fake stuff you get half of its made by ex nike workers seeking more money from the fake factorys set up in china made by nike stafff just the QA isnt as strict , true facts , your stuff fake or not is made in china anyway get real,
the chinese are good at making stuff they make everthing , oh and your adidas nike and everthing else factorys are also in china , oh btw the fake stuff you get half of its made by ex nike workers seeking more money from the fake factorys set up in china made by nike stafff just the QA isnt as strict , true facts , your stuff fake or not is made in china anyway get real, Under35andout
  • Score: -2

1:28am Wed 19 Mar 14

Harpya Orkinus says...

*Man has lost the capacity to foresee and forestall - he will end by destroying the Earth". ~ Albert Schweitzer.
*Man has lost the capacity to foresee and forestall - he will end by destroying the Earth". ~ Albert Schweitzer. Harpya Orkinus
  • Score: 0

2:19pm Wed 19 Mar 14

westbaywonder says...

What do people want for 99p! Bargain! LOL.
What do people want for 99p! Bargain! LOL. westbaywonder
  • Score: 4

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