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Ealing Council trading standards scoop awards

Ealing Council’s trading standards team and one of its senior officers have been given a national award for their efforts in ensuring unsafe and counterfeit consumer products are stopped from being sold to the public. 

The team which includes Mohammed Tariq, Ellis Donaldson, Kiran Seyan and Warren Glendinnin collected a Departmental Award for Excellence and was highly commended by the Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) at the annual annual Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) conference held at the end of June in Bristol.

The event brings together trading standards professionals from across the UK to network, celebrate and share their knowledge with each other to help further stop and remove dangerous and illegal products.

Mohammed Tariq
Ealing Council senior trading standards officer, Mohammed Tariq with award. Photo: Ealing Council

Mohammed Tariq, one of Ealing’s senior trading standards officers was also highly commended and received a Dave Hankinson Memorial Award for Individual Excellence in recognition of his specific contributions to anti-counterfeiting enforcement work last year.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, Ealing Council’s cabinet member for decent living incomes said: “This is another fantastic accolade for our trading standards team and is recognition of our ongoing efforts in preventing counterfeit goods from flooding Ealing’s economy. We know that counterfeiting often funds organised crime groups, modern day slavery and child labour. These illegal goods – such as fake cigarettes, alcohol and electronic products – have also not been subjected to rigorous safety tests, which means they can also be dangerous to consumers who think they are simply grabbing a bargain.”

He added: “Make no mistake, we are determined to crackdown on traders who import and sell counterfeit products and we will use whatever means necessary to stop the sale of fake goods across our borough.”

ACG director general, Phil Lewis congratulated the winners stating that “The Annual ACG awards recognise the response made by our precious enforcement services, which are combating the growing threats from counterfeiting on a day-to-day basis, despite competing priorities and constrained resources.”

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