Unsafe phone charger costs Enfield business £12,132

A company based in Edmonton and its Director have been ordered to pay fines and costs of £12,132 for selling dangerous goods after a prosecution by Enfield Trading Standards.

Emil Baruch, 55, of Manor Hall Avenue, NW4, and Baruch Enterprises based in Pegamoid Road, Edmonton, both pleaded guilty to two charges of supplying dangerous goods and failing to supply documents to prove certain safety assessments had been carried out prior to placing electrical goods on the market.

Tottenham Magistrates fined them £5,200 each and collectively ordered them to pay costs of £1,732.

The Court heard officers from Enfield tested a charger obtained from Baruch Enterprises which failed electrical safety tests. This followed a tip off from Halton Trading Standards in Widnes about a sample they had taken that had been sourced from the same company.

When Enfield Trading Standards asked the company to produce certain information, which it was legally obldiged to keep, it failed to do so. This included the justification for use of the CE mark on the product. The CE mark is a declaration of conformity by the manufacturer or importer meaning that the product meets essential safety requirements.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said: “Safety labelling schemes are there for a reason. They provide consumers protection as well as confidence that the electrical products they are using are safe. Any individual or business which circumvents these regulations is putting at risk the lives of unwitting customers. I therefore hope that this sentence acts as a strong deterrent to any company tempted to ignore safety regulations.”

Trading Standards across London enforce product safety regulations and are finding and seizing increasing numbers of inferior and counterfeit device chargers. Collaboration with London Fire Brigade to test products and highlight the dangers is ongoing.

Failed: The charger supplied by Baruch Enterprises

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