The Rapid Alert System for Non-Food Products (RAPEX)

Alert number: 1714/10

Product:  Crystal balls - Seven Color Crystal Boll – Bio Gel


Batch number / Barcode: 

Type of alert: Serious

Category: Food-imitating products

Brand: Unknown

Type / number of model:  Art 2-830-008; Barcode 6 816285612586

Risk type: Choking
The product poses a risk of choking because the balls can be mistaken for sweets by children and placed into the mouth. The balls expand rapidly on contact with water and could therefore partially or completely obstruct the airway if accidentally swallowed or if they enter the respiratory tract.

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Seizure of the products, withdrawal from the market and recall from consumers ordered by the authorities.

Description:  Multicoloured and transparent balls with initial diameter of 0.3 cm or 0.4 cm which can absorb water to reach a diameter of 1 cm, in transparent plastic packaging with a coloured cardboard label marked "Microsfere Seven Color Crystal Boll Gel, MADE in CHINA, Designed by Korea" and instructions in English only.

Country of origin: China

Alert submitted by: Italy

Products were found and measures were taken also in: Malta, United Kingdom