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Pressure cookers pass test

YOU’VE BEEN WARNEDThe bureau also reminded consumers that they should not use pressure cookers for purposes other than what they are intended for

By Shelley Huang  /  Staff Reporter

The Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection’s latest round of inspections on pressure cookers showed that all passed product safety tests.

The bureau recently tested nine types of pressure cookers from department stores, retail chains and home appliance stores across the country to assess their safety.

The cookers ranged in price from NT$1,999 to NT$5,888. Four were manufactured in China, two in Taiwan, while the remainder were imported from Italy, the US and Malaysia. Five cookers were gas powered, while four were electric.

Inspectors tested the cookers in accordance with the Chinese National Standards for pressure cookers, namely, their outer appearance, volume, surface treatment, strength of handles, degree of insulation on the handles, functionality of pressure adjusters, safety feature testing and product labeling.

For the four electric cookers, additional testing was conducted to determine whether they met safety standards for electric appliances.

The bureau said all nine -cookers passed the tests, adding that customers should ensure they purchase cookers with a product safety sticker.

However, the bureau said that when using the appliances, people should follow the instructions carefully and not use pressure cookers for purposes other than what they are intended for.

In other consumer news, the Consumer Protection Commission reminded the public that they are entitled to refunds or returns if they make online purchases at the upcoming International Travel Fair.

The annual fair, which runs from Nov. 5 though Nov. 8, is the largest travel and tourism convention in Taiwan.

It attracts hundreds of travel agencies, tourism -publications, -airlines and even celebrities.

Prior to the actual fair, the organizers have put together an online sale of tourism packages offered at discount prices for the fair.

The commission reminded the public that for products and services bought via mail order, online shopping sites, catalogue and other special shopping channels, consumers are entitled to full refunds or exchanges within seven days of the purchase.

The commission also reminded consumers that they are entitled to use cash-stored or gift certificates without an expiration date.

Those who have tourism-related consumer disputes can report the incident by calling the 1950 hotline or filing a complaint report with the commission at its official Web site.

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