monitoring program removes questionable goods | Western Review

Unsafe products are being quickly withdrawn from online markets through a new consumer watch program.

As shopping ramps up as Christmas approaches, Australia’s Competition and Consumer Commission says online marketplaces that have voluntarily signed a safety pledge have removed 90% of unsafe items within two days their identification.

Major sites like eBay, Amazon, AliExpress and Catch.com.au have signed the pledge.

The commission estimates that 145 people per day are injured due to hazardous products, and that at least two people die.

ACCC Vice President Delia Rickard said consumers should consult her organization’s secure online shopping tips to protect themselves.

“With the upcoming Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday sales, we are also urging shoppers to be careful and consider product safety when shopping online,” she said.

“It’s important to know who you’re buying from; be sure to do your research and read customer reviews online about the seller or product. “

Ms. Rickard stressed the importance of safety of children’s toys, with one in 10 product recalls due to things posing risks to children such as choking, cuts and burns.

ACCC’s commitment enables sellers to engage in security actions that go beyond legal requirements.

Innovations used by signatories include the use of predictive technology and web crawling to remove dangerous elements.

Associated Australian Press

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