BABY bling, a popular product category on the web, has been banned by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission when it poses a risk to infant health.
The ACCC's product safety department has slapped a ban on dummies and dummy chains decorated with tiny beads which can easily detach and pose a choking hazard.
The ban was announced by Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, David Bradbury, after work by NSW Fair Trading officers found the products during regular compliance checks with traders. It is believed the outlets were located in the Sydney suburb of Parramatta.
"Testing by NSW Fair Trading of such products indicated that the dummies failed tension tests, with a number of crystals becoming detached and posing a serious choking, inhalation or ingestion hazard," Mr Bradbury said.
A spokesman for Mr Bradbury said that although the products were not widely available, the ban had been moved quickly into place before their popularity could take off.
Details of the interim ban are available at www.productsafety.gov.au.