By Connie Osborne Thursday 10 October 2013 Updated: 11/10 09:51
PENS which were a serious choking hazard were found on sale at a Redditch store.
T J Morris, which trades as Home Bargains, has been fined £5,000 for selling unsafe ball point pens, following an investigation by Worcestershire Regulatory Services (WRS).
A pack of ten pens where bought from the Redditch store based on the Trafford Retail Park during a test purchase.
It was found they did not comply with the official writing and marking instrument standards as they did not have any ventilation holes in the lids. It means if anyone was to the swallow a lid, they did not have the correct safety measure to prevent them from choking.
The pack, along with more than 11,000 others which were sold across the UK and were imported, therefore breached the General Product Safety Regulations 2005.
It was only after a North Worcestershire resident complained to WRS in July last year, the investigation was launched.
He purchased the pens while on holiday in Wales and although he raised his concerns with the store manage, no further action was taken.
The Liverpool company was handed the maximum fine after pleading guilty at Redditch Magistrates' Court last Thursday (October 3).
They were ordered to pay costs of £1,685, a victim surcharge of £120 and all of the pens were recalled.
Lucy Hodgson, WRS joint committee chair, said: "It is down to the diligence of this member of the public in reporting his concerns that no injuries, fatal or otherwise were sustained."
At the time the Standard went to press TJ Morris declined to comment.
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