BALEARIC Minister for Health and Consumer Affairs, Vicenç Thomas said yesterday that people who are shopping for Christmas should check the safety and quality of the goods they are purchasing, particularly when it comes to electrical goods and children's toys.

Thomas said extra care should be taken that goods which come from South East Asia, and other exporting nations, provide the same safety guarantees as are assured by countries within the European Union. Speaking at the presentation of a campaign in Palma to highlight the necessity of imported goods meeting the same standards as their European counterparts, Thomas made the point that shoppers need to be quite sure of just what it is they are buying, what guarantees they have in the case of goods being faulty, and what safety standards the items adhere to. The ministry has made a phone line available for people who want advice and guidance on this point: 900 166 000. Thomas said that although the staff operating the helpline will help enquirers verify guarantees and quality, it will take time. Advisors will offer information to callers on legal guidance and product safety issues.


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