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The Hon. Warren Truss, MR Minister for Customs and Consumer Affairs Deputy Leader of the House

MEDI A RELEAS E

Friday, 21 August 1998* 295/98

CONSUMER SAFETY FACT SHEETS TRANSLATED

The Federal Consumer Affairs Minister, Warren Truss, released today translations o f fact sheets which provide consumers and traders with information on the new mandatory product safety standard for household cots.

“The two fact sheets, Making Your Baby's Cot Safe and Do You Supply Cots fo r Retail or Commerce?, are now available in Chinese, Vietnamese, Arabic, Spanish, Croatian and Serbian,” Mr Truss said.

“Household cots are one o f the major causes of infant injury, so it is important that as many Australians as possible have access to information about the new mandatory standard.

“The translated fact sheets will assist those members o f our community for whom English is not their first language.

“It is particularly important for people selling new and secondhand cots to understand the new requirements. Substantial fines may be imposed if they sell cots that breach the standard.”

The mandatory product safety standard for household cots took effect on 1 July 1998. It is being enforced by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission together with State and Territory Fair Trading and Consumer Affairs agencies.

The fact sheets have been produced as part o f a national consumer education strategy' initiated by the Ministerial Council on Consumer Affairs to improve the safety o f nursery furniture.

“Our children are our greatest asset and we can do a lot, as parents and carers, to keep them safe,” Mr Truss said. “I am very pleased that the Ministerial Council is working to provide Australians with information that makes protecting our children a little easier.”

For copies of the fact sheets, in English or the other six languages, telephone the Consumer Affairs Division on (02) 6213 6124 or email consumeraffairs@dist.eov.au

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