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The OECD proves that preventing online product recalls is a challenge?
The working group of the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) have clearly acknowledged the safety challenge in preventing online sales of dangerous or counterfeit products. SEE HERE.
Traditionally this is monitored in the Uk using Trading Standards at bricks and mortar premises, or when goods are imported. However resources are low in local authorities and product safety surveillance is ever more difficult.
The OPSS and BEIS have put in place “voluntary pledges” from places like Amazon and EBay, but they and the OECD group are fighting a losing battle.
In 2019 The Wall Street Journal reported that of the 4100 products that were specifically identified as unsafe on Amazon in its investigation, 83% were removed soon after being notified. Within two weeks, however, of those removed, 130 of the products were relisted on Amazon; some relisted by the same third-party supplier.
In our recent submission to the consultation from OPSS (Office for Product Safety & Standards), we illustrated that we could deliver a solution through our Community Run online marketplace, LocalitEEE. A platform that also donates local ring-fenced money and local currency to those the community decides, should receive it.