Safety inspections of Show Bags completed ahead of the Hobart Show Wed 24 October 2012 Nick McKim Minister for Corrections and Consumer Protection The Minister for Corrections and Consumer Protection, Nick McKim, today confirmed that more than 300 show bags have been inspected by officers from Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading and the ACCC in the lead up to the Royal Hobart Show. Mr McKim said show bags are checked for any item that may have sharp edges or points as well as items that could be an inhalation or choking hazard. "Bags are also checked for labelling, age suitability and for those items already identified as a safety concern in other states or territories," Mr McKim said. "It is very important that product safety standards are enforced and that any potentially hazardous products are identified and removed from show bags. "This process raises awareness about product safety and educates suppliers about the potential for unsafe products to find their way into show bags if adequate care is not taken. "As a result of these inspections, Consumer Affairs has removed two items from show bags that had the potential to be a safety hazard for young children. "Considering over 300 bags were checked this is a pleasing result and shows that the important message about product safety is continuing to be heard and taken seriously by suppliers" the Minister said. "Even though staff from Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading work closely with the Royal Hobart Show Society to ensure show bags are safe for purchase, parents should still look closely at the contents of bags before purchasing them, and always keep in mind the recommended ages for specific products and toys." Consumers that have purchased show bags containing any items which they are concerned might be hazardous, are urged to contact Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading on 1300 65 44 99.