Thrilling Halloween with possible face abrasions, swallowed dentures, short circuits and entire costumes made of flammable materials. Other than trick or treating. Pretty latex masks, soft, to get them folded to the face. Very dangerous for the skin according to the financiers who carried out a mega blitz in two warehouses in via dell’Omo on the Prenestina, preventing the placing on the market of over one and a half million unsafe toys and decorations ready to be sold and placed on the market. market on the occasion of the upcoming night of “Halloween“. Over 1.5 million items dangerous to health unearthed and seized by the Financiers of the Provincial Command of Rome during a series of checks at the Prenestino. The usual pumpkins and masks inspired by Nightmare, Scream, Walking dead.
In two warehouses, belonging to two import-export companies attributable to citizens of Chinese nationality, the Yellow Flames of the III Nucleo Operativo Metropolitano have discovered masks, headbands, decorations, themed decorations and accessories for disguise completely devoid of safety requirements and therefore dangerous. All the goods seized, destined to supply stationeries and game stores in Rome and its province, yielded earnings of about 3 million euros (the costs of each piece were however small given the very poor quality).
In the mega warehouses of Via dell’Omo, where thousands of retailers are supplied wholesale, the yellow flames have found on the shelves all the usual gadgets ready to be placed on the market these days. “Poor and dangerous material – explains Lieutenant Colonel Andrea Fegatelli, commander of the III Rome Metropolitan Operational Unit of the Guardia di Finanza – of very low level”. Costumes, cloaks, glasses with dangling eyes, skulls, Devil’s horns, candle holders or in any case plastic baskets in the shape of a pumpkin, “severed” and bloody hands, hats, spears, plastic weapons, pumpkins, disguises and decorations. All without safety certification. Four Chinese have been reported.
In one of the warehouses the military identified a clerk employed “in black”, a citizen of Bangladesh used to load and unload goods in the warehouses. The legal representatives of the three companies have been reported to the Capitoline Judicial Authority for the crime of commercial fraud and one of them will have to answer to the Territorial Labor Inspectorate for the omission of the mandatory communication to start the employment relationship with the employee in “black”.
The operation is part of the broader control device put in place by the Guardia di Finanza of the Capital to protect consumers and honest economic operators.
ON THE SHELVES
“In addition to the masks that are in any case dangerous – explains Fegatelli – because they are made up of poor products for which placed on the face they can create problems for the skin, all the toys seized by the glasses that come out of the springs badly assembled and dangerous for the eyes, nose, the ears, the detaching finger, the vampire dentures were made of cheap plastic materials. Dentures can break into small pieces and babies can ingest them. Even the weapons, knives and cleavers typical of monsters and with the blood on them were not up to standard, dangerous and sharp ».
It’s not over. «Even small latex pumpkins are dangerous if in contact with children’s hands. And whole made from highly flammable materials and famous costumes. Finally, the lights, both those for furnishings that can create a short circuit, and those inside the pumpkins. It comes without any certification from the European Community. I urge you to be careful: avoid buying products without the safety mark, they can harm your health ».