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Safety fears over 'bling' dummies.

CONSUMER watchdogs have urged parents in Northumberland not to buy "bling-style" baby's dummies because of their potential danger to children.

Trading standards officials have issued the warning after being alerted by colleagues in another part of the country to the health risks posed by the items.

The dummies are decorated with beads and gems.

They come in a variety of colours and are popular accessories for babies and young children at parties and other special occasions.

Tests have shown that they fail relevant safety standards.

The hand-glued beads and gems can be easily detached from the dummies, posing a potential choking danger to a baby or small child.

Northumberland officials say the dummies are on sale in the county and have asked retailers to remove them.

Jimmy Power, business and consumer protection manager at the county council, said: "There are strict safety standards which prevent adhesive labels and decorations from being fixed to dummies. "My advice to all parents and carers is to throw these types of dummies away in the dustbin."
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 14, 2011
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