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More goods being recalled.

THE number of faulty or dangerous consumer goods pulled from shop shelves across Europe more than doubled last year.

Some 43 products were recalled in the UK in 2005- up 163% on 2004, analysts at Price water house Coopers said.

Product recalls across Europe rose to an average 14 per week in 2005 compared with six per week the previous year.

Mandatory recalls as opposed to voluntary action taken by companies rose to 447 last year from 176 in 2004.

The EC's general product safety directive came into force in January 2004 to protect consumers from unsafe goods.

Analysis of the new figures by Price water-house Coopers places Hungary at the top of the table with 132 recalls last year.

Germany came second with 101, followed by Greece at 48 and the UK at 43.

Price water house-Coopers director of insurance claims Graeme Berry said: "As governments across the EU begin to incorporate the directive into their own regimes, manufacturers are realising how dramatically the legal environment has changed."
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