132 recalled products found on sale in Korea

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132 recalled products found on sale in Korea

Over a hundred products that had been recalled in other countries were sold in Korea last year, the consumer watch agency reported Wednesday.

The Korea Consumer Agency (KCA) said it found that 132 products recalled overseas due to defects or safety concerns were being sold in Korea last year. In 2017, only 106 such products were discovered.

The agency has since ordered retailers to halt sales or offer exchanges and free repairs for the defective products. It said it also worked with online shopping platform operators Naver, eBay Korea, Interpark, SK Planet and Coupang to remove posts advertising those items on their websites.

Many of the faulty goods came from well-known companies. Some of the most notable include Ikea’s marshmallow candy - possibly contaminated by a mice infestation - and U.S. makeup brand Benefit Cosmetics’ mascara, which may contain harmful bacteria.

Some 28.8 percent of all 132 faulty items were children’s products. Another 18.2 percent were edible goods while 15.9 percent were cosmetics.

Out of the 87 products whose origin could be identified, 40.2 percent were made in China. Another 26.4 percent were made in the United States and 5.8 percent were made in Germany.

“Goods recalled overseas have the possibility of being sold through global retail channels even if sales are banned,” the KCA warned consumers in a statement.

The agency vowed to continue working with retailers to monitor products and check recall orders made by safety authorities in the United States, European Union, Canada and Japan.

BY KIM EUN-JIN [kim.eunjin1@joongang.co.kr]
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