Posted: 24/05/2012 at 15:03
GC: Trading standards departments are much depleted these days, and a lot of consumer protection work is dealt with differently.
In any event, poor quality compost is more of a civil than criminal problem (which is TS departments' remit), and it could be argued that B & Q have a "duty of care" to the ultimate consumer, which extends to there not being noxious or dangerous substances in the product. It would also have to be fit for purpose - and arguably, it is not. But it needs to be taken up with B & Q.
Actually, I also think that, because this seems to be a regular problem across different brands, the RHS could well take it up. I'm no longer a member, but anyone who is may care to bring it to their attention.