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

Alert number: A12/0897/12

Product:  Bracelet "Beaded Bracelet"


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Type of alert: Serious

Category: Jewellery

Brand: Unknown

Type / number of model:  Unknown

Risk type: Health risk / other
The product poses a risk to health because the bracelets are made from seeds, the internal contents of which contains the toxin Abrin. With the outer seed coat pierced the toxin would be available rendering them extremely toxic if accidentally consumed.

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary withdrawal from the market and recall from consumers by the importer. (By: Other)

Description:  Beaded bracelet is made from seeds identified as having originated from the plant Abrus pectatorius. The bracelet comprised sixty two red and black round seeds which were strung together. A further two black seeds were connected to the tied ends. The beads/seeds present have an average diameter of approximately 5 millimetres.

Country of origin: India

Alert submitted by: United Kingdom