According to figures published by the European Commission this month, in 2015 there were 2,072 alerts in the Rapid Alert system. The system ensures that information about dangerous non-food products withdrawn from the market and/or recalled anywhere in Europe is quickly circulated: when one Member State posts an alert on the system, other countries can spot the product on their market and react to this initial alert, taking appropriate follow-up action (ban/stop of sales, withdrawal, recall or import rejection by Customs authorities). Among the more than 2000 alerts, toys (27%) and clothing (17%) were the two main product categories for which corrective measures had to be taken.
The report highlated that a key challenge is the increasing share of products bought online from outside the EU: over 65% of Europeans buy products online and the number of online shoppers has grown by 27% between 2006 and 2015.
Consult the press release for more data and graphics, also available in multiple european languages.