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Absorbing Water Beads

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What is the product?

The non-toxic water beads are called jelly beads, water orbs, hydro orbs, polymer beads and gel beads. When the tiny hard plastic balls are placed in water, they can grow up to 200 times their size. The clear colourful beads can be dried out and reused. They are widely used for keeping moisture to the plants, and also as gel-ammunition for toy guns.

Why is it restricted?

All listings and products must comply with all applicable laws and regulations. This product has been identified as water beads which are non-compliant with Toy Safety and Council Directive 87/357/EEC (food imitating products). Their similarity to sweets poses serious safety risks for children consuming them. For more information, please contact Trading Standards.

What type of Water Absorbing Beads are restricted?

Water Beads specifically stating that they ‘expand’/‘absorb’/‘grow’, where one or more of the following are true:

  • Expanding/Absorbing water beads with reference to ‘child’/‘children’/‘kids’
  • Expanding/Absorbing water beads with images of children playing with the product (see below)
  • Expanding/Absorbing water beads marketed as a ‘toy’ or for ‘sensory play’
  • Expanding/Absorbing water beads in the gl_toy

Images of examples of water beads:

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