‘Bling’ children’s dummies and baby bottles that could cause choking and lung problems have sparked a warning to parents from Surrey County Council Trading Standards.
Safety tests revealed small ‘gems’ attached to the brightly coloured pacifiers and bottles can easily fall off and form into clumps, leading to choking if they are swallowed.
It is also feared babies and toddlers sucking on the dangerous items could inhale the ‘gems’ individually, which could become lodged in a lung and lead to serious health problems.
The ‘gems’ were also found to be glued over air holes in the dummies which make them harder to sterilise and keep clean.
The dummies and baby bottles were found to be genuine brands with hand-glued gems, beads and magnets added to them.
Surrey County Council Trading Standards officers seized 80 of the dangerous dummies in one morning during an operation at Kempton Park market, near Sunbury.
Kay Hammond, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: “These dummies and bottles will appeal to babies and toddlers because they sparkle and look fun, but they are potentially lethal. I would urge parents to take them away from their children to avoid the risk of choking.
“There are strict safety standards that dummies and bottles must adhere to in order to be considered safe, including ensuring that no parts fall off. Anyone caught selling ‘bling’ dummies or bottles could face a fine of up to £20,000.”
Trading standards officers are also concerned about the sale of ‘bling’ dummy clips, chains and holders, as well as magnetic dummies.
Letters from Surrey County Council Trading Standards have been sent to businesses urging them not to sell the potentially deadly product.
Businesses that have these or similar products in stock should remove them from sale and call Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06. People who spot ‘bling’ dummies or bottles on sale should call the same number.
For more information contact Surrey County Council senior media relations officer James Oxley at firstname.lastname@example.org