AN alert has been issued by trading standards officers after potentially dangerous jewellery was found in a Whitley Bay shop.
North Tyneside Council’s trading standards team is urging any other businesses in the borough selling bracelets and earrings that resemble liquorice allsorts and dolly mixtures to get rid of them.
The offending items were found during a routine inspection of a shop in Whitley Bay.
Similar jewellery can also be found on the internet despite legislation in the UK banning the sale of articles that resemble food and could potentially choke young children if sucked or swallowed.
The items seized were found to be dangerous after failing a toy safety test.
George Westwater, the council’s cabinet member for regulatory services, said: “I would urge consumers not to buy this jewellery, particularly if they have small children.
“It presents a serious risk to children if it is accidentally chewed or swallowed.”
Shoppers wishing to report further sightings of hazardous jewellery or businesses seeking advice can contact trading standards officers on (0191) 643 6628.