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Weekly overview report of RAPEX notifications

Report 13 (Published on: 07/04/2006)

In week 13, the Commission published 3 German notifications concerning cleaning and sealing sprays (199/06 "Magic Nano", 200/06 "Magic Nano" and 201/06 "Finy"). More than 110 incidents of health disorders had been reported in Germany after consumers had used these products. The sprays were voluntarily withdrawn from the market by the producer.

The "Magic Nano" and "Finy" sprays were allegedly based on nano-technology and initially it was thought that nano-particles were involved in the intoxications. However, data from the companies responsible for manufacturing the sprays conclude that the products in question did not contain nano-particles. This finding was also confirmed by chemical analyses commissioned by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment. [http://www.bfr.bund.de/cms5w/sixcms/detail.php/7842]

The German authorities are continuing their efforts to clarify the toxic mechanism responsible for the adverse health effects that occurred after inhaling the aerosols. At this stage it appears that the problems were caused by the chemicals in the product combined with the inhalation of a fine mist consisting of particularly small droplets delivered through the spray mechanism.

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0199/06

Germany

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Description: Spray for sealing glass and ceramic surfaces “MAGIC NANO” Type/model: Antibacterial Bath & WC.

Country of origin: Germany


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Risk of poisoning. Cases of poisoning resulting from inhalation/use of the aerosol: dyspnoea, sleeping disorder, headache, infiltrates in lungs, pulmonary oedema (reported by the Northern Poison Centre — Giftinformationszentrum-Nord).

Voluntary measures: Voluntary recall of the product by the distributor, public warning issued by the manufacturer.  

 

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0200/06

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Description: Spray for sealing glass and ceramic surfaces “MAGIC NANO” Type/model: Glass and ceramics.

Country of origin: Germany


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Risk of poisoning. Cases of poisoning resulting from inhalation/use of the aerosol: dyspnoea (reported by the Northern Poison Centre — Giftinformationszentrum-Nord).

Voluntary measures: Voluntary recall of the product by the distributor, public warning issued by the manufacturer.  

 

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0201/06

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Description: Spray for sealing glass and ceramic surfaces “Finy” Type/model: Glass and ceramic sealant No 1.

Country of origin: Germany

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Risk of poisoning. Cases of poisoning resulting from inhalation/use of the aerosol: dyspnoea, coughing, pulmonary oedema with partial respiratory failure (reported by the Northern Poison Centre — Giftinformationszentrum-Nord).

Voluntary measures: Voluntary recall of the product by the distributor, public warning issued by the manufacturer.  

 

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0194/06

United Kingdom

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Description: Imitation candy dummies/pacifiers "JTS (International) Ltd, Casa Del Dolce"

Country of origin: Italy


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Risk of choking. The sweet pulls away from the plastic holder with a force of less than 90N (Section 8.4) and fits wholly inside the small parts cylinder (Section 8.2). The test laboratory concluded that this product is not a toy and the CE mark should not have been applied. A second report from a Paediatrician concludes that this sweet is not a toy having no play value. The boiled sweet poses a significant choking risk to young children who will be tempted by its bright colour to place it in their mouth.

Voluntary measures: Placing of the product on the market has been stopped voluntarily by importer. Voluntary recall of the product by importer.  

 

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0195/06

Romania

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Description: Electric Lamp EUROTEC "Disco Lamp". Type/model: EN-5721. Description: The lamp is in the shape of a mushroom and is black. On its "hat" coloured pieces of glass are placed for breaking up of light into coloured rays. The packaging has dimensions 200x200x190mm, is blue and contains also the product photo.

Country of origin: Unknown


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Risk of electric shock. This product presents risk of electric shock because: the power cord is not connected to the earth conductor, according to visual tests this product has Class 0 protection and the lamp is not marked with the sign for Class II protection. This product does not comply with the relevant European Standard.

Compulsory measures: Sales ban ordered by authority.  

 

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0196/06

Sweden

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Description: Personal stereo cassette player "Color-Toy". Type/model: 7056251651945.

Country of origin: Unknown


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Risk of damage to hearing. The requirements of the Toy Standard (max 90 dB) are not fulfilled. Measured level is 108 dB.

Compulsory measures: Withdrawal from the market ordered by authority.  

 

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0197/06

Bulgaria

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Description: Chains for pacifiers "CAMERA"; Dummy clips. Type/model: model 50201

Country of origin: Taiwan


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Risk of external injuries. Presence of a pin in the clip device provides risk of pricking or scratching injuries to children. This product does not comply with the relevant European Standard which does not allow pin clipping device because of the risk of pricking or scratching injuries of the child.

Compulsory measures: Placing on the market banned by authority. Withdrawal from the market and information to consumes ordered by authority.  

 

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0198/06

Romania

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Description: ELECTRICAL blender "EURO" Type/model: SH-201.

Country of origin: Unknown


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Risk of electric shock. This product presents risk of electric shock because: the power cord is not connected to the earth conductor, according to visual tests, product has Class 0 protection and it is not marked with the sign for Class II protection. This product does not comply with the relevant European Standard.

Compulsory measures: Sale of the product banned by authority.  

 

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Enforcement is a top priority of the EU Consumer Policy Strategy 2007-2013. Both measures leading to RAPEX notifications and measures which come to the attention of the Commission and other Member States as reactionsare indications of enforcement activity in the Member State concerned.

In order to give a better view on the overall level of enforcement, including the follow-up activities of the national market surveillance authorities, the Commission RAPEX team has decided to publish on the RAPEX website also the names of the countries that have found the notified product on their market and have taken appropriate measures (and have submitted a reaction to a RAPEX notification as a consequence).

Information about the reacting countries is available in the RAPEX weekly overviews in the column 'Products were found and measures were taken also in'. The Commission RAPEX team will publish reactions sent (from May2009 onwards) to 2009 RAPEX notifications.

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