Public warned over potential health hazards caused by fidget spinners » Manila Bulletin News



By Charina Clarisse Echaluce

The public was warned yesterday by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over the potential health hazards caused by fidget spinners, especially among children.

Fidget spinner

According to the FDA Advisory 2017-290, the use of fidget spinners may lead to choking incidents if children accidentally swallow its small parts.

“The FDA warns the public against the purchase and use of Toy and Childcare Article (TCCAs) products, which are hazardous to health,” the FDA said.

“Consumers are advised to report if they experience unfortunate events using the product Fidget Spinner,” it added.

The health agency noted that the US Consumer Product Safety Commission is actually investigating them over concerns about choking incidents such as a report that a 10-year-old girl in Texas accidentally dislodged one of the toy’s bearings, which got stuck in her esophagus, later requiring surgery for removal. A similar incident also happened to a five-year-old boy in Oregon.

‘No Basis’

The FDA stressed that fidget spinners can be easily bought in sidewalks, malls and even online for as low as P20. Its supposed claims of being a breakthrough for children with ADHD, autism, anxiety and stress however has no scientific basis yet.

“There has been no research into the efficacy or safety of these toys,” said the FDA.

It then asked the public to report to them the presence of fidget spinners. Reports can be sent via e-report found in the upper right corner of the FDA website; via email; or by calling the FDA CCRR Customer Service Hotline at (02) 857-1900.

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