Shops Could Ban Bleach To Under 18's

25 November 2017, 08:21


Traders in Medway are being urged to stop selling corrosive substances to children.

Retailers are being asked to voluntarily sign up to the challenge 25 initiative.

It would see younger customers having to prove they're over 18 when buying things like bleach and drain cleaner.

A survey, conducted by the Trading Standards team, found that 8 out of 9 shops sampled sold products containing corrosive substances to a 16-year-old volunteer.

Cllr Jane Chitty, Portfolio Holder in charge of Trading Standards, said:

"We are encouraging traders to sign up to the voluntary scheme to stop products that contain corrosive substances from being sold to under 18s. These substances can cause serious harm, so it is vital that retailers sell them responsibly.

With support from our local shops we can work together to help prevent the misuse of these products."

Retailers are asked to contact Medway Council's Trading Standards team on 01634 333333 for more information about the scheme.