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 The sprays were voluntarily withdrawn from the market by the producer.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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Germany

Category: Chemical products

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Spray for sealing glass and ceramic surfaces “MAGIC NANO”

Type/model: Antibacterial Bath & WC.

Country of origin: Germany


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Chemical

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.  

 

Germany

Category: Chemical products

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Spray for sealing glass and ceramic surfaces “MAGIC NANO”

Type/model: Glass and ceramics.

Country of origin: Germany


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Chemical

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.  

 

Germany

Category: Chemical products

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

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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Chemical

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.  

 

United Kingdom

Category: Other

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

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

Country of origin: Italy


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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.  

 

Romania

Category: Lighting equipment

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

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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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.  

 

Sweden

Category: Toys

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Personal stereo cassette player "Color-Toy".

Type/model: 7056251651945.

Country of origin: Unknown


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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.  

 

Bulgaria

Category: Childcare articles and children's equipment

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Chains for pacifiers "CAMERA";

Dummy clips.

Type/model: model 50201

Country of origin: Taiwan


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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.  

 

Romania

Category: Electrical appliances and equipment

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: ELECTRICAL blender "EURO"

Type/model: SH-201.

Country of origin: Unknown


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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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