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Retailers fined for supplying unsafe laser pointers
     Two retailers were convicted today (November 9) at Kwun Tong Magistrates' Courts and Kowloon City Magistrates' Courts respectively for supplying unsafe laser pointers, in contravention of the Consumer Goods Safety Ordinance and its subsidiary legislation. One of them was also found to be in contravention of the Trade Descriptions Ordinance. The two retailers were fined $34,000 in total.

     Customs officers earlier conducted a test-buy operation on two models of laser pointer from two retailers for safety testing. The test results revealed that the two models were not equipped with the safety device components required under the standard of the International Electrotechnical Commission, such as a warning device, beam stop and attenuator. Both models were also marked with a warning with respect to the use in English only. In addition, one model was found to have a false claim on its class of laser product.

     Members of the public with information relating to suspected unsafe consumer goods may call the Customs 24-hour hotline 2545 6182 or write to the Consumer Protection Bureau, Customs and Excise Department, 14/F, Customs Headquarters Building, 222 Java Road, North Point, Hong Kong.
Ends/Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Issued at HKT 15:45
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