The Victorian Minister for Consumer Affairs, Michael O’Brien, has extended for 30 days a ban on small magnets used in certain novelty items marketed to adults.
The ban extension is effective from 23 October 2012 and means that the magnets cannot be sold or made available for sale. The products banned include:
- Neodymium sphere magnets
The magnets can cause serious injury or death if swallowed or inhaled. For more information about the dangers and specific details about the banned items, view Small powerful magnets banned – News alert.
The ban has been extended by the Victorian Government to allow the Commonwealth Government to decide on its proposed nationwide ban.
For more information, view:
- the Extension to Interim Ban Order in PDF (404 KB) or the Extension to Interim Ban Order in Word (38 KB).
Consumer Affairs Victoria's: Helpline: 1300 55 81 81; Website: http://www.consumer.vic.gov.au/businesses/fair-trading/product-safety