Rapid Alert System - Weekly Report

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 The sprays were voluntarily withdrawn from the market by the producer.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

 
Weekly report Products with serious risks 

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Alert number: 0199/06       
Category:  Chemical products
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  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).
 

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary recall of the product by the distributor, public warning issued by the manufacturer. (By: Other)

 
Description:  Spray for sealing glass and ceramic surfaces “MAGIC NANO” Type/model: Antibacterial Bath & WC.
Country of origin:  Germany
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 13

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Alert number: 0200/06       
Category:  Chemical products
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 
Cases of poisoning resulting from inhalation/use of the aerosol: dyspnoea (reported by the Northern Poison Centre — Giftinformationszentrum-Nord).
 

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary recall of the product by the distributor, public warning issued by the manufacturer. (By: Other)

 
Description:  Spray for sealing glass and ceramic surfaces “MAGIC NANO” Type/model: Glass and ceramics.
Country of origin:  Germany
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 13

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Alert number: 0201/06       
Category:  Chemical products
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  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).
 

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary recall of the product by the distributor, public warning issued by the manufacturer. (By: Other)

 
Description:  Spray for sealing glass and ceramic surfaces “Finy” Type/model: Glass and ceramic sealant No 1.
Country of origin:  Germany
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 13

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Alert number: 0195/06       
Category:  Lighting equipment
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  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.



 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Sales ban ordered by authority.

 
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
Alert submitted by:  Romania
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 13

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Alert number: 0194/06       
Category:  Other
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  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.
 

Measures taken by economic operators: Placing of the product on the market has been stopped voluntarily by importer. Voluntary recall of the product by importer. (By: Other)

 
Description:  Imitation candy dummies/pacifiers "JTS (International) Ltd, Casa Del Dolce"
Country of origin:  Italy
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 13

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Alert number: 0197/06       
Category:  Childcare articles and children's equipment
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  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.
 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Placing on the market banned by authority. Withdrawal from the market and information to consumes ordered by authority.

 
Description:  Chains for pacifiers "CAMERA"; Dummy clips. Type/model: model 50201
Country of origin:  Taiwan
Alert submitted by:  Bulgaria
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 13

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Alert number: 0196/06       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Damage to hearing
 
The requirements of the Toy Standard (max 90 dB) are not fulfilled. Measured level is 108 dB.




 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Withdrawal from the market ordered by authority.

 
Description:  Personal stereo cassette player "Color-Toy". Type/model: 7056251651945.
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Sweden
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 13

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Alert number: 0198/06       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  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.
 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Sale of the product banned by authority.

 
Description:  ELECTRICAL blender "EURO" Type/model: SH-201.
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Romania
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 13