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Denmark considers blocking Amazon over sale of dangerous products

Published on: 5th June 2020

Denmark’s Chamber of Commerce found 42 of 50 products purchased on platforms like Amazon and Wish were dangerous for consumers. 

As reported by Bloomberg, Denmark has revealed it plans to block the websites of Amazon.com and other online retailers if they don’t do more to stop the sale of dangerous products on its platforms.

The Danish parliament passed legislation on Thursday 28th June, making it possible to lock out the retailers if they fail to abide by product safety rules in the European Union. The first course of action would be fines, before blocking the websites. The new legislation allows for larger penalties than before.

Dangerous products that Denmark will not be tolerating the sale of includes mobile phone chargers that have reportedly caught fire. An investigation found that conterfeit items like these were easy for consumers to purchase. Denmark’s Chamber of Commerce further found 42 of 50 products purchased on platforms like Wish, Amazon and AliExpress have led the authorities to issue warnings on them because of how unsafe they are.

Business minister Simon Kollerup commented: “There simply cannot be an opportunity to earn money by selling life-threatening goods.”

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