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December 23, 2013

Banned Toys Still On Sale

They are banned in Mauritius. However, these toys are freely available in the streets. Despite the security controls authorities, qualified as "dangerous," including guns that launch plastic projectiles toys, imported and sold.

108,000 small projectile guns, prohibited for sale by the Ministry of Commerce, were seized. But bigger guns can launch projectiles are further counter. Port-Louis, a toy retailer outlined a gun big gun capable of projecting plastic pellets.

Asked the merchant said he was not aware of the regulations prohibiting product for sale. He added that he is a dealer and is not in possession of the certificate of authenticity or security for the gun.

Therefore a question: how is this toy he found in the street? For the Toys Safety Regulations1994, which are part of the Consumer Protection Act, make a list of toys that are not allowed on the Mauritian territory. The regulations emphasize that toy pistols or guns with projectiles are banned from sale and import. And verifications are made by customs to be sure..

The dangerous toys is established based on the mechanical and chemical aspects, flammability, electrical parts composition and radioactivity. In addition to controlling the customs officers of the Consumer Protection Unit (CPU) regularly travel to the field to inspect toys, asking them security certificate for example. A source says that the CPU if a toy looks suspicious, a sample is sent to the Mauritius Standards Bureau for testing.

However, the main reason why many of these toys can be found over the counter in the street is that people carry them in their luggage when traveling. And control on the ground would be difficult, because the Department of Consumer Affairs Ministry of Commerce has only 27 officers for the entire island. We understand that much depends on the CPU checks at customs.

 

Text by lexpress.mu
 

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