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Trading standards seizes cannabis lamps at Stansted Airport

Unsafe lights (7007414)
Unsafe lights (7007414)

A consignment of lethal LED lights intended for growing narcotic-producing plants like cannabis was detained by Trading Standards at Stansted Airport.

The lamps were detected as part of routine import checks. They had been declared on customs paperwork as “Plant Growth Lamps”, but in any event would have been likely to be stopped by Trading Standards as LED lamps for legitimate uses are often found not to be safe.

Expert testing confirmed suspicions and failures included inadequate earthing, a non-approved mains plug, an unsafe plug fuse, sub-standard mains cable and a lack of any user instructions or safety warnings.

In addition to these safety failures the owner of the goods was in China, and there was no business in the EU who could take responsibility for these electrical products. The dangerous grow lights will be dismantled and all components and metals of value recovered and recycled.

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