Hygroscopic balls for watering plants - Pearl Shape Crystal Soil

Recall published
2010-11-15
Brand
  • Gemme di Rugiada
Product title
Hygroscopic balls for watering plants - Pearl Shape Crystal Soil
Product description
Transparent 8 g package containing hygroscopic balls. Each package contains balls of a single colour. Colours available are: white, transparent, yellow, orange, light green, blue, red, purple, pink. They are available in small, medium and large sizes. Original diameter: small - 1.25 mm; medium - 1.7 to 2.0 mm; large - 2 to 2.5 mm. The product’s specification sheet states that the balls can increase their original weight by 120 to 150 times.
Risk
The products pose a risk of choking and injuries because they are identical in appearance to sugar balls used to decorate cakes, and because they expand rapidly upon contact with water, they 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 assessment of the article carried out by the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (note 24277 dated 01.06.2010) showed that after only 30 minutes, the balls had increased in volume by over 300%. 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
Batch number / barcode
Model number
Unknown
Recall type
Consumer product
Risk type
Choking Injuries
Country of origin
China
RAPEX Reference
1716/10
Risk level
Products with serious risks
Notifying country
Italy

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