• Loddon Herald

Beware risky toys

The State Government is urging parents and carers of young children to shop carefully this Christmas and ensure their presents are age appropriate and safe.

Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation Melissa Horne today joined inspectors from Consumer Affairs Victoria to destroy a range of toys that failed to meet safety standards and posed a potential risk to children.

Inspectors from Consumer Affairs Victoria seized 368 unsafe toys from shelves in the lead up to Christmas due to small parts that pose a choking hazard to children.

Toys being crushed and destroyed included a number of dolls with small and unsecured battery compartments, and items that failed labelling standards.

Consumer Affairs Victoria has powers to prosecute businesses who sell unsafe items, with penalties of up to $10 million for traders who fail to meet their legal responsibilities.

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