Product recalls in UK surge to record high

Product recalls in the UK have jumped 12 per cent to reach a record high, according to research.

A total of 229 products were recalled last year across consumer goods, food and pharmaceuticals, up from 205 in 2009, City law firm Reynolds Porter Chamberlain said.

The number of recalls in the UK rebounded in 2010 after falling for the first time in 2009.

Car recalls by Toyota, BMW, Rolls-Royce and Ferrari contributed to the figure alongside a 40 per cent leap in recalls of pharmaceutical and other healthcare products.

Faulty Chinese products continued to pose a problem, representing 62 per cent of consumer recalls.

Food recalls continued to fall, from 53 in 2009 to 35 in 2010.