The Papua New GuineIndependent Consumer and Competition Commission (ICCC) have issued a warning to retailers who keep selling banned toys.
The warning was issued during a press conference last Thursday in Port Moresby.
Christmas is just aroundthe corner and parents or guardians in PNG are looking forward to purchase toys for their kids. Bet with ICCC’s warning on banned toys,there are precautions to be taken.
ICCC Commissioner Dr. Belly Manoka stated duringthe press conference thatthe banned toys, which were selected after conducting surveys last year and this year, are considered unsafe for children to use, but some stores are still sellingthem.
“For those toys that have been banned and for the traders who have continued to sellthese toys, we are going to takethem to court. That’sthe next course of action,” said Manoka.
One ofthe banned toys is a yoyo water ball, which has been considered dangerous as it can twist around a child’s neck and lead to strangulation. The liquid insidethe water ball has been tested to be dangerous, and so is risky for both kids and adults if it’spills out while being used.
“The yoyo water ball cord is made of a rubbery sticky material plastic that can stretch over a metre in length, and if swung aroundthe head of a child,the cord can constrain breathing and cause choking if worn tightly around a child’s neck,” Manoka said.
ther banned toys are cigarette lighters and small, high-powered magnets.
Warnings have also been imposed with regards to some aquatic and projectile toys. The ICCC recommends that only those aquatic and projectile toys which have warnings written onthem in understandable language can be bought.
The public is also urged to comply withthe toy bans, by not purchasingthe banned items and also to report any retailer or wholesaler that is selling such toys.
“We don’t want Papua New Guineato be a dumping ground of not only toys but goods that have been banned in ther countries,” said Mr. Manoka.
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