Cartels and Other Animals

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched a new campaign to raise awareness of cartels. These are seen as particularly invidious forms of anti-competitive behaviour because they are usually secret and can occur at any level of the supply chain so their impact on other businesses as well as consumers can be far-reaching. The CMA is concerned that[...]

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Product Safety Body

The Government published its response to the report from the Working Group on Product Recalls and Safety, of which AMDEA was a member. All the recommendations were accepted, including consideration of creating a national body to oversee safety. This last was seen as a longer-term option by the Working Group but the Government has already set up a new Office[...]

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Register My Appliance

As we reported last month, 16 January was our third annual ‘Register My Appliance Day’, with support from the Business Minister Andrew Griffiths MP. Over four million people were sent a reminder by our members. Our allies, including Fire and Rescue Services nationwide, RoSPA, Trading Standards, Citizens Advice, Electrical Safety First and the National Landlords Association all put out supporting[...]

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Don’t try this at home

The latest in our occasional series of items describing (safe) alternative uses for domestic appliances relates to another story about toasters. Yes, it is IT-related and no, it isn’t about being hacked. Researchers in the USA have discovered that psychedelic stickers of images of toasters appear to confuse image recognition software. It seems that the software mis-identifies nearby objects as[...]

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