Safe showbags the go for the Easter Show

As thousands of people head to one of the biggest days of the Royal Easter Show, visitors to this year’s event can be confident the 403 showbags varieties on sale contain no unwanted surprises.

NSW Fair Trading Inspectors completed checks of every type of showbag to be offered at this year’s show finding just one non-compliant item.

This item, a small handheld toy wand had a small piece which was easily removed from the toy and presented a choking hazard. It has been removed and is not included in any showbags available for sale.

Inspectors were on the lookout for toys with missing warning labels and products which contain toxic chemicals or cosmetic products such as face painting kits, which are banned from sale.

After pre show checks, NSW Fair Trading Inspectors returned to Sydney Olympic Park at the start of the Sydney Royal Easter Show for final checks of the showbags and to conduct safety checks of other products offered for sale around the Showgrounds precinct.

The Sydney Royal Easter Show runs until 2 April at Sydney Olympic Park.

Find out more about the safety of children’s products and toys

Minister for Better Regulation and Fair Trading Anoulack Chanthivong said:

“More than two million people are expected to attend the Sydney Royal Easter Show and the showbag pavilion is often one of the first places they head to after passing through the turnstiles.

“Whether their favourite showbag is Barbie, Bertie Beetle or Paw Patrol, those purchasing a showbag can be assured every item sold has been checked to ensure the toys and novelty items are safe for the whole family.

“I am extremely pleased with the excellent compliance levels shown by the showbag sellers this year, with only one non-compliant item found among the 403 showbag varieties to be offered for sale.

“This continues the trend in recent years of having fewer non-compliant items found during NSW Fair Trading’s inspections and highlights the agency’s efforts to ensure toys and novelty items are compliant with Australian Consumer Law, safe and age appropriate.”

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