What has Caused the Steep Rise in Electrical Product Recalls?

As usual at this time of year, we look at product recall trends in the UK over the last year. 12 months ago we commented on the gradual upward trend in food product recalls; this year the most obvious pattern is the steep rise in recalls of electrical goods.   In fact it turns out that […]

How Damaging is the Peloton Recall?

There has been widespread media coverage over the last 24 hours of Peloton’s decision to recall Tread and Tread+ treadmills in response to a request from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).  The company’s share price fell 14% on the news, but is this just a fleeting overreaction?  At this early stage in the […]

Coronavirus, Floods and now Product Recalls!

Understandably, media attention in the UK is focused on the growing threat of Coronavirus and the two recent severe weather events. However, as well as these ongoing high-profile stories; there has also been a recent spate of food product recalls. We have been tracking the number of food product recalls on the FSA website for […]

A Big Fortnight for Product Recalls

The last two weeks have seen two very important product recalls (back) in the news… We last blogged about the Whirlpool tumble dryer recall back in June 2016.  At that stage the recall had already been going on for more than 6 months, and the company was receiving much criticism for the length of time […]

BCAW Day 2 – Cow & Gate Product Recall

We’re still only on the second day of Business Continuity Awareness Week (BCAW) 2019 and we have another important news story… It was announced yesterday that Cow & Gate are recalling a batch of “Cheesy Broccoli Bake Stage 3 (10+ months)” because it may contain small pieces of blue rubber, which makes this product unsafe […]

Product Recalls – A Tale of Two Sectors

As usual at this time of year, we like to take a look at the figures for product recalls in the UK over the last 12 months.  Last year we reported a quiet year, but this year there seem to be two very different stories in the food and electrical goods sectors, as shown in […]

Sharp Rise in Automotive Recalls Across Europe

We blogged in March about the frequency of product recalls in the US; concluding that there were no particular trends (upwards or downwards) in any particular product category.  However, looking at the corresponding picture for Europe (once again using data from Stericycle) , there is one product area with a distinct upwards slope: automotive. Whilst […]

Product Recalls – A Look Across the Atlantic

Our blog could sometimes be accused of being a little UK-centric so, in an attempt to redress any imbalance, we thought we would take a little look at some data from the US! For some years now, Stericycle have produced detailed quarterly reports on product recalls in the US.  Aggregating data from these reports over […]

2017 Quiet Year for Product Recalls

2017 appears to have been a quiet year for product recalls in the UK.  According to the FSA website there were only 45 recalls of food products (down from 76 in 2016); whilst recalls of electrical products were down from 61 to 32 (see Electrical Safety First).  Before we get too excited though, looking at […]

Ann Summers Product Recall

Whilst a very useful resource, the Electrical Safety First website is not normally that entertaining.  Typically there is a list of battery chargers that pose a fire risk and similar items, but today is different as a recall has just been announced of Anne Summers “Black Power Wands”.  Not only that but the reason for […]