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Outrage over 'toxic' sweets.

Byline: By DAVID JAMES AND WENDY HORTON South Wales Echo

A sour candy labelled Toxic Waste has been criticised by trading standards officers. Customers complained that the 99p sweets on sale in South Wales could encourage children to try bleach or cleaning products with similar labels. Trading standards officers said the sweets were in poor taste but not illegal.: FROM PAGE 24: 'Toxic' sweet 'may give children wrong signal':A sweet labelled Toxic Waste has been criticised by trading standards. Officers said the 99p sweets sold in Caerphilly were in bad taste but were not illegal. Customers said the sour sweets could undo their hard work teaching children to stay away from bottles of bleach and other cleaning products labelled 'toxic'.

Former dental nurse Pauline Jones said the packaging of the sweets in a miniature lookalike chemical drum, coupled with the labelling, sent out the wrong message to children.

Mrs Jones, 67, of Porsett Drive, Caerphilly, said: 'It's really dreadful.

'We teach our children to stay away from poisons.

'A lot of children think toxic means poison.

'The next time they see a bottle with 'toxic' on they will think it's OK.'

Mrs Jones' complaint was brought to the attention of Caerphilly county council's trading standards department who went out and bought the 'Toxic Waste' sweets.

Trading Standard Officer Andy Mackay said: 'Food regulations are very strict on what you can and cannot say.

'It is in poor taste but it's not illegal.'

Mr Mackay said the department was going to pass the complaint onto Trading Standards officials in Lancashire where the sweets are made.

A spokeswoman for manufacturers Sales Creative Candy said: 'We were naturally very sorry to hear that one of your readers complained about Toxic Waste, feeling that were are 'encouraging children to eat poison'. 'We feel this is a totally unjustified statement and believe consumers recognise the name of the product simply reflects its positioning as a super-sour candy. 'Toxic Waste has been launched and developed in the UK under the direction of the Trading Standards Authority and more than 53 million Toxic Waste sweets have been consumed safely around the world.'
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 18, 2006
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