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Hong Kong Customs alerts public on unsafe toy magnetic beads (with photo)

11 November 2021


Hong Kong Customs today (November 11) reminded members of the public to stay alert to an unsafe model of toy magnetic beads. Test results indicated that the toy could pose risks of suffocation or gastrointestinal obstruction to children. To avoid an accident, parents should immediately stop their children playing with the toy. Traders should also remove the toy from their shelves.

Customs officers earlier test-purchased a model of toy magnetic beads for safety testing from a toys and stationery retailer in Tsing Yi. Test results revealed that the size of the magnetic beads was too small and its magnetic strength exceeded the maximum permitted limit stipulated in the toy safety standards, which could pose potential risks of suffocation or gastrointestinal obstruction if swallowed by children.

Customs later conducted an operation and searched the toys and stationery retailer. Two pieces of the same model of suspected unsafe toy magnetic beads were seized. A prohibition notice was served at the same time to prohibit the continued sale of the toy. Moreover, Customs officers also conducted spot checks and inspections in various districts and have found no such toy for sale so far.

An investigation is ongoing.

Customs reminds members of the public to observe the following safety tips when purchasing and using toys:

Customs is committed to the protection of consumer interests and regularly conducts spot checks and safety tests on toys and children's products to ensure that they are reasonably safe for use by consumers.

Under the Toys and Children's Products Safety Ordinance, it is an offence to supply, manufacture or import unsafe toys or children's products. The maximum penalty upon conviction is a fine of $100,000 and imprisonment for one year on first conviction, and a fine of $500,000 and imprisonment for two years on subsequent conviction.

Members of the public may report information relating to suspected unsafe toys or children's products via Customs' 24-hour hotline 2545 6182 or its dedicated crime-reporting email account (crimereport@customs.gov.hk).

Hong Kong Customs today (November 11) reminded members of the public to stay alert to an unsafe model of toy magnetic beads. Test results indicated that the toy could pose risks of suffocation or gastrointestinal obstruction to children. Photo shows the model of toy magnetic beads. (Opens a new window)
Hong Kong Customs today (November 11) reminded members of the public to stay alert to an unsafe model of toy magnetic beads. Test results indicated that the toy could pose risks of suffocation or gastrointestinal obstruction to children. Photo shows the model of toy magnetic beads.

 

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