Over 20 million illegal products including more than 15 million potentially dangerous cigarettes have been detained by local trading standards services in the last year, a new report from the Association of Chief Trading Standards Officers has revealed.
In Staffordshire over the same period, 24,000 illicit cigarettes with a street value of £12,500 were seized. In addition to this, 34,300 counterfeit items with an estimated value of £204,000 were removed from or prevented from entering the supply chain.
Trish Caldwell, Head of Trading Standards at Staffordshire County Council and Chair of the Association of Chief Trading Standards Officers said: “This report clearly shows the massive impact that local trading standards services have in protecting our communities. The work of local trading standards officers delivers huge value – from saving consumers millions of pounds to supporting some extremely vulnerable victims.
“The fact that trading standards officers have prevented over 20 million illegal products reaching consumers in the last year alone shows the scale of the threat they are responding to. Many of these products could have caused significant injury, and in some cases could have even led to fatalities.”