According to the latest data from consumer protection company Kantar Worldpanel, the UK has the second-highest number of products that could cause injury or damage to a consumer, behind only the US.
The UK, according to the data, has 632 products that are “possibly liable” to cause damage to another person, while Germany has just five products.
Kantar, which measures consumer behaviour in the EU, said it would have a more thorough look at all the EU countries’ policies on products in the near future.
“We want to see if consumers are getting the value for money,” said Kantar’s European Head of Product, Professor Jean-Jacques Fouchier.
“For the UK, this includes many things, but we also look at how it’s used and what it does to people.”
“This is the kind of thing we need to be doing in terms of consumer protection.
Consumers have a right to know what they are buying, to be informed and be able to trust the products.”
The company’s Consumer Product Safety Commission also published a report on consumer protection, including the use of plastic water bottles, in the US, Canada and Germany, and said that while they were not surprised by the findings, they wanted to see more.
“The report highlights the significant and growing consumer risks of the plastic bottles,” said Kofi Tukht, CEO of Kantar.
“Consumers are not happy about the increasing prevalence of plastic bottles in their own household, so consumers have become increasingly concerned about these products.”
Kantars data also suggests that consumers were less concerned about a product being “too cheap” in the United States, which is home to the highest percentage of disposable goods.
“This finding is consistent with the UK’s high level of disposable income,” said Professor Fouché.
“In other words, the consumer was more concerned about the quality of the product being priced too low.
Consumers were also less concerned that the product was overpriced.”
Kontrol, which provides a range of consumer and consumer product information, said that its findings in the report were “not surprising”, as consumers had become aware of the potential dangers of plastic.
“There are already more plastic products than there are people,” said Mr Tukhtar.
“We’re seeing this in our retail customers, in supermarkets and the big supermarkets.”
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