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Small, high-powered magnets banned



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Tuesday 13 November 2012

SMALL, HIGH POWERED MAGNETS BANNED

The Federal Government has moved to protect children from serious injuries by permanently banning small, high-powered magnets, said Nick Champion.

The products, marketed under various names including 'BuckyBalls' and „Nanodots‟, contain numerous small, high-powered magnets and are sold in multiples of two or more. They are marketed as toys, games or puzzles, and can be sold as construction or modelling kits or even jewellery to be worn in or around the mouth or nose.

Following reports of children swallowing the magnets, which can cause serious injury or even death, the Federal Government moved to permanently ban these products.

“Following the consumer safety warning issued in July, the Federal Government has now permanently banned these products,” said Nick Champion.

“If a young child swallows more than one of these high-powered magnets they can attract to each other across the intestinal wall and perforate the intestine, leading to serious injury or possibly death. Teenagers have also needed surgery after using these magnets to imitate mouth or tongue piercings.”

“Parents are reminded to always keep small objects that could pose a choking hazard away from children and to seek medical attention immediately if they suspect their child has swallowed small, high-powered magnets.”

More information on the ban can be found at www.productsafety.gov.au.

Media Contact: Mathew Werfel 8284 2422 - 0417 805 384

Media Release Nick Champion MP Federal Member for Wakefield