Busy time for Trading Standards

It’s been a busy time for our Trading Standards teams.  This week we saw the introduction of new laws banning the production and sale of so called ‘legal highs’ and ‘new psychoactive substances’ (known as NPSs).

These are very dangerous products containing chemical substances that produce similar effects to illegal drugs like cocaine, cannabis and ecstasy. But more worryingly, have been linked to poisoning, emergency hospital admissions and in recent cases, even death.

It’s an important piece of work for our Trading Standards officers, who have already been working with retailers and the Police over the past few months. Teams have already had some success and in previous operations, a total of 11 premises in Staffordshire were found to be selling NPSs, with four of these voluntarily surrendering their products. You can find out more about NPSs at: www.staffordshirecares.info/legalhighs.

Staying with trading standards, our teams are also giving advice on the risks of buying fake goods over the bank holiday weekend trying to keep you, our Staffordshire residents safe. Bank holiday weekend and car boot sales go hand in hand. But car boot sales are also a chance for counterfeiters and criminals to offload dodgy second-hand goods and cheap knock-off brands by passing them off as a bargain. These can be faulty and hazardous, especially electrical devices that could cause fires or electrocution. Fake sunglasses can have no UVA protection and children’s toys with no quality control can have small parts which pose a choking hazard.  So, if you’re out looking for a bargain, be aware and as always, remember, if it seems too good to be true it probably is.

Looking ahead, this year’s County Show is on 1 and 2 June up at the County Showground. This midweek celebration is always popular with thousands of visitors and helps showcase the best of rural life in Staffordshire.  Local food and drink producers and suppliers, sheep judging, dog shows, jazz bands and motorcycle stunts are all amongst the action taking place.

I will also be there on Wednesday and Thursday, along with Cabinet colleague Mark Winnington to answer any questions people might have about living in a rural county, the rural economy and social isolation.  It’s definitely a date for the diary and I hope to see some of you there.

Comments are closed.