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Product recalls jump to record high

Product recalls in the UK have jumped 12% to reach a record high, according to research.

A total of 229 products were recalled last year across consumer goods, food and pharmaceuticals, up from 205 in 2009, City law firm Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) said.

The number of recalls in the UK rebounded in 2010 after falling for the first time in 2009.

Car recalls by Toyota, BMW, Rolls-Royce and Ferrari contributed to the figure alongside a 40% leap in recalls of pharmaceutical and other healthcare products, from 20 in 2009 to 28 last year.

Faulty Chinese products continued to pose a problem, representing 62% of consumer recalls. Toys made up 43% of all Chinese product recalls, RPC said.

RPC partner Stuart White said: "Despite China's continued efforts to improve safety standards, the huge proportion of recalls deriving from Chinese products shows that the problem with standards in China has not gone away.

"Toy recalls from China are very common. The problem is partly caused by the demands of the toy industry to bring new products to market rapidly."

Food recalls continued to fall, from 53 in 2009 to 35 in 2010.

Mr White added: "This is the second year in a row that we have seen the number of food recalls fall. Food production continues to be a tightly regulated area and the continued sharp drop in food-related recalls suggests that the sector has seen production quality improve."


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