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The European Union (EU) is having a stringent control on electrical kitchen appliances and recently there were frequent recalls on China-made products.

Recently, there were plenty of China-made electrical kitchen appliances, such as coffee machine, electric oven and electric kettle etc, were found to violate the general EU or its member states’ specific food contact material regulations. These resulted in these products being rejected by the EU market, seriously affected the brand image of the manufacturers and also suffer from huge economical loss.

According to statistics, most of the recall cases are due to failure to comply with the overall migration limit or specific migration of heavy metals. In addition, there is a recall case due to organopletic problems.

Below is a table summarizing the related recall cases in the past two years:

21/03/12 Electric oven Italy Overall migration Boarder rejection
04/11/11 Electric oven dip tray Overall migration Boarder rejection
01/03/11 Electric grill Migration of Nickel Boarder rejection
17/02/11 Electric food slicer Migration of chromium Boarder rejection
16/11/10 Electrical slicer Migration of chromium Boarder rejection
25/08/10 Coffee machine Overall migration Boarder rejection
09/02/10 Microwave oven Migration of chromium Boarder rejection
05/01/11 Coffee maker and mug set Finland Migration of lead and nickel Boarder rejection
03/02/10 Tea and coffee maker Boarder rejection
21/03/11 ~ 16/01/12 Electric kettle Portland Organoleptic deterioration Boarder rejection

Throughout our global network of laboratories, we are able to provide a range of services to assist our clients to fulfill food contact material regulations from different counties.

Download information of Frequent Recalls of Electrical Kitchen Appliances in EU. (PDF 248 KB)

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.

Hong Kong

Ms. Tammy Lee
t: +852 2774 7160
Ms. Carmen Leung
t: +852 2334 4481 ext. 3350
Ms. Angela Chan
t: +852 2334 4481 ext. 3371


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