Coloured gel beads "Perline Gel Clear"

Recall published
2011-03-21
Brand
  • Photo Beads
Product title
Coloured gel beads "Perline Gel Clear"
Product description
Decorative beads. The packaging is made of soft coloured plastic, of various colours - pink, yellow, pale blue and dark blue - containing 10g of hygroscopic beads of a single colour. There is a picture of a flower in a glass bowl full of round and coloured elements. At the top, there are the words “PHOTO BEADS, for flower arrangements and plants”. On the back of the packaging, there is a description of the product “replacement for potting soil to aid growth of house plants… may be used to enhance flower arrangements”, the ingredient (Sodium polyacrylate), the instructions for use and the warnings: “Keep out of reach of children! Not a food product”, the article code, the bar code and details of the importer into Italy.
Risk
The products pose a risk of choking and injuries because of their misleading appearance; they look identical to berries such as currants, and to sweets (liquorice for the black ones and fruit sweets for those of other colours). In addition, they expand rapidly upon contact with water and may, if accidentally ingested, obstruct the intestine or, if they enter the airway, impede or completely prevent the passage of air, resulting in respiratory distress and/or asphyxia. The products do not comply with the Directive 87/357/EEC on products which, appearing to be other than they are, endanger the health or safety of consumers.
Measures taken
Measures ordered by public authorities: Seizure of the product by the authorities
Barcode
8018318861451
Model number
86145
Recall type
Consumer product
Risk type
Choking
Injuries
Country of origin
Unknown
RAPEX Reference
0254/11
Risk level
Serious risk
Notifying country
Italy

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