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Wicked Fizz Liquid lolly banned in South Australia

The South Australian Government has banned the sale of Sweetman’s Wicked Fizz Liquid Candy after a child in Queensland choked on the lolly last Friday.

The eight-year-old child recovered from the incident after being treated at the emergency department in Brisbane Hospital.

Tests carried out by consumer inspectors in South Australia found that the roller ball of the lolly easily dislodges and can easily enter into a child’s mouth if they squeeze the container to access the confection. 

SA Consumer Affairs Minister Gail Gago declared the lolly, distributed in Australia by Queensland based company SRS Pty Ltd, as a “dangerous good” yesterday morning. She requested that stores remove the lolly off their shelves and withdraw it from sale.

“The Office of Consumer and Business Affairs Product Safety Unit’s investigation assessed the Chinese-made product as a high risk to children under 12 and it will now be removed from the shelves of South Australian retailers,” Ms Gago said.

“The product does carry very small warnings ‘not suitable for children under 3 years’ and ‘do not squeeze’ on a removable wrapper,” Ms Gago said.

“However the chances are that young children will not heed a warning from a parent or carer or read the product labelling and we believe it’s important to ensure that no children are put at risk of a dangerous product.”

South Australia is the first State to ban the sale of the lolly product. Retailers found to be selling Sweetman’s Wicked Fizz Liquid Candy face a penalty of up to $10,000.

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