In this edition: The cost of recalls; Internet of Things; Gail's 30th anniversary; ACCC standards review action
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The Internet of Things
By Gail Greatorex

The ‘Internet of Things’ is the term that’s being used for all the interconnected devices appearing on the market.  An increasing number of personal and household products are available that are controlled by a smartphone or by devices like Google Home. 

Operating household products can happen through a smartphone which means it’s done remotely. What might this mean for product safety?

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How much does a recall cost?
by Gail Greatorex

A recent court case in Victoria has revealed the costs in a high profile food recall.  Suppliers of Nanna's frozen berries conducted a massive recall in 2015 after they were found contaminated with Hepatitis A.

The company sued its supplier and listed some of the costs associated with the recall in the court documents

30 years doing product safety!
by Gail Greatorex

Yes, that's me in the picture above, checking toys in 1992. Last month I celebrated 30 years in product safety. I started in my teens, of course : )

To mark the occasion I wrote a blog article outlining some of the changes that have taken place in that time.

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ACCC standards reviews - some action at last

Following consultations in late 2016, the ACCC has recently announced the outcome of some more of its reviews of the mandatory product safety standards. Children's nightwear and babies dummies and chains came earlier in 2017.

There have been recent announcements on:
  • baby bath aids
  • treadmills
  • sunglasses
  • exercise cycles
Stay tuned for more to come.

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