US novelty sock recall over antennae fears

Published: 18th May 2011

US novelty sock recall over antennae fears
The safety of US leg wear has been thrown into doubt, after the US Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled children's novelty clothing produced by Meijer.

Bumble Bee and Lady Bug Infant Slipper Socks were deemed a choking hazard because the balls on the end of the sock antennae are detachable.

No injuries have been reported as of yet, but the recall makes it an offence to resell or attempt to resell the legwear.

The recall is based on a single report of the bug antennae ball becoming detached. Fortunately it was recovered from the infant in question's crib.

UK retailers are among those identified in a recent European Union report for improving consumer goods' safety standards.

Data from the European Union rapid alert system for non-food dangerous products indicated that fewer unsafe goods are making their way onto the market than ever before.

This is in part attributed to a greater awareness of obligations by retailers and better safety enforcement by national authorities.

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