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CPSC Joins International Effort to Prevent Button Battery-Related Injuries and Fatalities

During International Product Safety Week, June 16 to 20, a bi-annual meeting of government, industry, and consumer organizations, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and counterparts from 12 other countries and jurisdictions have teamed up to make button battery safety a global priority.

This past Tuesday, in Brussels, Belgium, CPSC representatives and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) discussed dangers associated with coin-size batteries, aka coin cell batteries. These are used in an increasing number of small electronics around the home, and are frequently left within a child’s reach. Incidents of young children and seniors unintentionally swallowing the batteries have resulted in thousands of reports of injuries worldwide.

CPSC reached out to battery manufacturers and is encouraged by recent efforts that have resulted in new safety warnings and packaging changes. CPSC is working with industry, public health officials, and the global community to continue the progress of preventing coin cell battery-related incidents.

Parents and caregivers, meanwhile, are urged to keep products containing these batteries away from children.

EU and OECD Develop, Launch New Global Recalls Portal

Courtesy of Toy Industry Association

A new “Global Recalls Portal” was launched in Brussels, Belgium on October 19 to facilitate the exchange of information among government representatives, consumers and businesses about recalled products in jurisdictions around the world, according to a news release from TIA.

Developed jointly by the EU and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), including countries such as the U.S., Australia, and Canada, the portal was unveiled during International Product Safety Week. Paola Testori Coggi, director general in the Directorate General for Health and Consumers at the European Commission (SANCO); Rintaro Tamaki, OECD deputy secretary general; and Inez Tenenbaum, chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission were on hand at the launch.

The portal will allow consumers to search products they intend to buy to see if any safety alerts have been issued, help businesses to track emerging hazards from around the world, and aid governments in removing unsafe products from the market.

To view the portal, visit www.globalrecalls.oecd.org.