Guidance

Product safety alerts, unsafe products and recalls

OPSS product safety alerts and reports of products posing a risk to the health and safety of consumers.

Market surveillance authorities, including the Office for Product Safety and Standards and Local Authority Trading Standards, have responsibility for regulating product safety in the UK.

The Product Safety Database (PSD) is used by UK market surveillance authorities to notify unsafe and noncompliant products, including those that present a risk to the health and safety of consumers.

This page includes Product Safety Alerts issued by the Office for Product Safety and Standards to draw attention to the most serious risks, where issues have been identified across entire product categories or sectors.

Individual products that have been investigated and found to present a risk to the health and safety of consumers can also be found below in the Unsafe Product Reports which are published weekly. These reports include products notified on the PSD by a market surveillance authority, notified to the OPSS Incident Management Team and validated.

Product Safety Alerts

OPSS issues Product Safety Alerts where it is necessary to alert other stakeholders to the risks of serious injury or fatality relating to use of consumer products available on the UK market and where immediate action is required.

19 May 2021 - Product Safety Alert 1 - Small, High-Powered Magnetic Products

The Office for Product Safety and Standards has undertaken an investigation into small high-powered magnets in products where they can easily be swallowed and which may appeal to small children and can pose a general safety risk to consumers. Consumers, local authority trading standards services and businesses are asked to be alert to the potential dangers of accessible small magnets in products and take action, where appropriate.

UK Safety Alert issued for small high-powered magnetic products

Unsafe Product Reports

Unsafe Product Report 24 - 18 June 2021 - 5 products (PDF, 620KB, 6 pages)

Unsafe Product Report 23 - 11 June 2021 - 1 Product (PDF, 231KB, 2 pages)

Unsafe Product Report 22 - 4 June 2021 - 6 Products (PDF, 461KB, 8 pages)

Unsafe Product Report 21 - 28 May 2021 - 2 Products (PDF, 317KB, 3 pages)

Unsafe Product Report 20 - 21 May 2021 - 3 Products (PDF, 396KB, 4 pages)

Unsafe Product Report 19 - 14 May 2021 - 2 Products (PDF, 279KB, 3 pages)

Unsafe Product Report 18 - 7 May 2021 - 2 Products (PDF, 266KB, 2 pages)

Unsafe Product Report 17 - 30 April 2021 - 2 Products (PDF, 330KB, 2 pages)

Unsafe Product Report 16 - 23 April 2021 - 1 Product (PDF, 208KB, 1 page)

Unsafe Product Report 15 - 16 April 2021 - 3 Products (PDF, 277KB, 3 pages)

Unsafe Product Report 14 - 9 April 2021 - 4 Products (PDF, 361KB, 5 pages)

Unsafe Product Report 13 - 2 April 2021 - 7 Products (PDF, 490KB, 7 pages)

Unsafe Product Report 12 - 26 March 2021 - 7 Products (PDF, 877KB, 8 pages)

Unsafe Product Report 11 - 19 March 2021 - 5 Products (PDF, 625KB, 6 pages)

Unsafe Product Report 10 - 12 March 2021 - 8 Products (PDF, 812KB, 9 pages)

Unsafe Product Report 9 - 5 March 2021 - 3 Products (PDF, 272KB, 3 pages)

Unsafe Product Report 8 - 26 February 2021 - 2 Products (PDF, 355KB, 3 pages)

Unsafe Product Report 7 - 19 February 2021 - 5 Products (PDF, 1.08MB, 10 pages)

Unsafe Product Report 6 - 12 February 2021 - 2 Products (PDF, 510KB, 3 pages)

Unsafe Product Report 5 - 5 February 2021 - 1 Product (PDF, 152KB, 2 pages)

Unsafe Product Report 4 - 29 January 2021 - 3 Products (PDF, 206KB, 3 pages)

Unsafe Product Report 3 - 22 January 2021 - 9 Products (PDF, 781KB, 10 pages)

Unsafe Product Report 2 - 15 January 2021 - 18 Products (PDF, 1.51MB, 19 pages)

Unsafe Product Report 1 - 8 January 2021 - 3 Products (PDF, 265KB, 3 pages)

The unsafe product reports above provide details of products found to. pose a risk to the health and safety of consumers by a market surveillance authority. MSAs notify unsafe and noncompliant products to the Office for Product Safety and Standards using the Product Safety Database which supports the sharing of information. MSAs can request details of products notified on the PSD are included on unsafe product reports by OPSS.

Additional information

If you are a consumer and want to report a dangerous product as a consumer, please contact Citizens Advice.

The unsafe product reports do not cover food and drink, vehicles, or medicines and medical devices. The following sites contain further information on safety notices and recalls for these products:

Published 1 January 2021
Last updated 18 June 2021 + show all updates
  1. Unsafe Product Report 24 Published

  2. Unsafe Product Report Week 23 Published

  3. Unsafe Product Report Number 22 Published

  4. Unsafe Product Report No 21 Published - 28th May 2021

  5. Unsafe Product Report Published - Report 20 - 21 May 2021

  6. Product Safety Alert: Small, High-Powered Magnetic Products - The Office for Product Safety and Standards has undertaken an investigation into small high-powered magnets in products where they can easily be swallowed and which may appeal to small children and can pose a general safety risk to consumers. Consumers, local authority trading standards services and businesses are asked to be alert to the potential dangers of accessible small magnets in products and take action, where appropriate.

  7. Unsafe Product Report 19 Published.

  8. Unsafe Product Report 18 Published

  9. Unsafe Product Report 17 Published.

  10. Weekly Report 16 Published.

  11. Weekly Report 15 published.

  12. Weekly Report 14 Published.

  13. Weekly Report 13 Published.

  14. Updated product identification information in Report 10 - Alert 2101-0002.

  15. Weekly Report 12 Published

  16. Weekly Report 11 published.

  17. Weekly Report 7 updated. Corrective measures added for alerts 2102-0136 and 2102-0139, and recall site link added to alert 2101-0158.

  18. Weekly Report 10 published.

  19. Weekly Report 9 published.

  20. Weekly Report 8 published.

  21. Weekly Report 7 Published

  22. Weekly Report 6 published

  23. Weekly Report Published - Week 5

  24. Addition of Weekly Report 4 - 29 January 2021

  25. Weekly report 3 published.

  26. Weekly report 2 added.

  27. Weekly report added.

  28. First published.