Toy laser pointers banned from market due to serious risks for consumers

Retailers or importers selling laser pointers will be liable to legal action after the Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority (MCCAA) imposed a ban on their sale and importation due to the serious risks they pose to consumers

Retailers offering laser pointers for sale are required to remove them with immediate effect
Retailers offering laser pointers for sale are required to remove them with immediate effect

The importation and sale of toy laser pointers have been prohibited by the Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority (MCCAA) due to the serious risks they pose to consumers.

In a statement issued on Monday, the Technical Regulations Division (TRD) within the MCCAA said that the laser pointers could cause partial or even permanent blindness.

Retailers having these products for sale are required to remove them with immediate effect and return them to their supplier.

The MCCAA said importers were to make arrangements for these laser pointers to be withdrawn from the market with immediate effect.

“Any retailer and/or importer who is found to be placing these laser pointers on the market will be liable to legal action to enforce the ban,” the statement read.

Consumers are advised not to use these laser pointers and to return them to the place of purchase. For any queries or further information, one can contact the MCCAA on 2395 2000 or on [email protected]

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