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30th November 2022: Baby self-feeding pillow safety alert

The Office of Product Safety & Standards has issued an Urgent Safety Alert for baby self-feeding pillows and is urging the public to stop using them immediately and dispose of them safely.

Baby self-feeding pillow products are designed to be attached to a bottle so that the baby may be positioned on its back to self-feed without the assistance of a caregiver holding the bottle and controlling the feed. This is inconsistent with NHS guidance in relation to safe bottle feeding.
When used as intended, even whilst under the supervision of a caregiver, it could lead to immediate, serious harm or death from choking or aspiration pneumonia.

Businesses selling these products must immediately remove them from the market as they cannot comply with the safety requirements under the General Product Safety Regulations 2005.

Trading Standards services should identify and take appropriate action against businesses that sell baby self-feeding pillows as they do not comply with the safety requirements set down in the General Product Safety Regulations, 2005. These types of products may also appear in second hand shops and baby banks.

UPP Batteries withdrawal notice

Following intelligence reports received from Trading Standards and Fire and Rescue Services, OPSS is taking enforcement action and warning consumers about a brand of e-bike battery – UPP – that has been linked to a number of fires across England. Five online marketplaces have been issued with Withdrawal Notices which require them, in their roles as distributors of the product, to stop supplying the UPP battery. OPSS has also issued a Withdrawal Notice to 20 sellers directly and has also issued a Withdrawal Notice to the China-based manufacturer.

Consumers are being advised not to use the battery and contact the seller for further redress. Batteries can also be disposed of in local household recycling centres; however, consumers should check first with their local centre if they accept this type of battery.

We would be grateful for LAs support in helping to disseminate this message through appropriate channels in order to maximise the consumer reach. Where unsafe e-bikes, scooters and conversion kits are identified they should be recorded on the Product Safety Database, with other information added to the Intelligence Database using the Operation BIRCH name.

For more information, please read the Product Safety Report: UPP Battery E-Bike Battery Packs sold via Amazon, AliBaba, eBay, Made in China and Desertcart (2401-0083) – GOV.UK. Further information on e-bike safety can also be found by accessing this important safety message.


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