December 21, 2011 10.39 am This story is over 146 months old

Trading Standards warning over bling dummies choking threat

Deadly dummies: Parents who give their children jewel-encrusted dummies could be putting them at risk of choking.

Lincolnshire Trading Standards are warning parents not to buy jewel-encrusted dummies for children this Christmas as they could be unsafe.

The products do not conform to child safety standards, according to Trading Standards officers, with the jewels and decorations posing a risk of choking.

A fine of up to £20,000 could also be issued to anyone caught selling ‘bling’ dummies or bottles by Lincolnshire Trading Standards.

The authority warns that the ‘bling’ baby products are covered in small plastic beads or crystals that have been poorly glued on by hand.

Senior Trading Standards Officer, Angela Kane, is concerned people will assume the merchandise is safe when it actually isn’t.

“They may look pretty but they are potentially lethal and we urge anyone who owns one to get rid of it straight away,” she said.

Anyone who comes across these items in a shop or online are asked to contact Lincolnshire Trading Standards on 01522 782341 or by email.

Source: Lincolnshire County Council | Photo: Surrey News