STUDENTS from Wanneroo and Girrawheen had the appetising task of road testing showbags ahead of the Perth Royal Show.
Emmanuel Christian Community School students Ajak Deng (10), Mackenzie White (8), Esrom Kifletson (8) and Duot Bul (9), and St Anthony’s School’s Jacob Dwyer (10), Kiden Lokotyang (10), Jake Reindl (10) and Anaelle Ngendakumana (10) joined other children choosing their favourites from 286 bags.
Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said after thorough checks by Consumer Protection and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, all showbags had been deemed safe.
“The examination of the contents of showbags focused on choking or strangulation hazards, sharp edges and banned products, but there were no major issues found this year,” he said. “Only five showbags containing cosmetics did not have the required ingredient labelling, however this was quickly rectified by the supplier.
“The product safety officers had a particular focus on button batteries, following deaths and injuries due to young children swallowing them.”
Mr Mischin said traders selling unsafe products could be prosecuted, with fines from $220,000 for individuals and up to $1.1 million for companies.
The State Government will provide free public transport on September 28 so people can take a train or bus to the show.