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Health Canada orders Nano Magnetics Ltd. to recall magnet sets

Starting date:
September 3, 2013
Posting date:
September 3, 2013
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Subcategory:
Household Items, Toys
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Issue:
Product Safety, Physical Hazard
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-29263

Affected products

Electroplated Nanodots, Coated Colors Nanodots and Mega Nanodots magnetic sets

Product description

The present recall involves small powerful magnetic balls that can be used to build sculptures, puzzles, patterns, or shapes including any of the following brands:

Products affected by this recall:
Product Name UPC
64 Original 830491000001
64 Black 830491000018
64 Silver 830491000025
64 Gold 830491000032
64 Red 830491000452
64 Pink 830491000599
64 Purple 830491000780
64 Orange 830491000162
64 Green 830491000179
64 Blue 830491000254
64 Galaxy Black 830491000896
125 Original 830491000209
125 Black 830491000216
125 Silver 830491000223
125 Gold 830491000230
125 Red 830491000469
125 Pink 830491000476
125 Purple 830491000483
125 Orange 830491000490
125 Green 830491000544
125 Blue 830491000551
125 Galaxy Black 830491000582
216 Original 627843036005
216 Black 627843036012
216 Silver 627843036029
216 Gold 627843036036
216 Onyx Gold 830491000643
216 Red 830491000650
216 Pink 830491000667
216 Purple 830491000674
216 Orange 830491000681
216 Green 830491000698
216 Blue 830491000742
216 Galaxy Black 830491000773
Mega 64 Black 830491000124
Mega 64 Spectra 830491000131
Mega 64 Gold 830491000186
Mega 64 Blue 830491000193
Mega 64 Silver 830491000117

Hazard identified

Health Canada has ordered Nano Magnetics Ltd. to recall these products from the market.

The risk assessment on these magnet sets has informed Health Canada's determination that they are a danger to human health and safety because they contain small powerful magnets which can be easily swallowed or inhaled by children. Unlike other small objects that would be more likely to pass normally through the digestive system if swallowed, when more than one small powerful magnet is swallowed, the magnets can attract one another while travelling through the digestive system. The magnets can then pinch together and create a blockage and slowly tear through the intestinal walls, causing perforations.

The results of swallowing small powerful magnets can be very serious and life-threatening. Swallowing incidents have often resulted in considerable damage to the gastrointestinal tissues and required emergency surgical treatment. For survivors, there can be serious long-term health consequences.

For more information on the danger of swallowing magnets, please see Magnets.

Number sold

Approximately 190,000 units of the affected products were sold in Canada.

Time period sold

The recalled products were sold from July 2010 to July 2013.

Place of origin

Manufactured in China.

Companies

Manufacturer
Nano Magnetics Inc.
Vaughan
CANADA

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What you should do

Consumers should stop using the recalled magnet sets immediately and contact their municipality for instructions on how to dispose of or recycle the recalled products.

Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.