Saturday, February 25, 2006


Fake tongue studs banned

`A stick-on tongue stud which lodged in the right lung of a nine-year-old has been banned in Australia.

The stud, which sticks to the tongue via a mini suction cap instead of a piercing, is meant to be suitable for anyone over the age of seven.

The stud packaging warns against eating, drinking and doing physical activity while wearing it.

But last year, emergency surgery was performed on a nine-year-old girl in New Zealand after she inhaled the stud, lodging in her right lung.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has banned the stud and is planning to survey retailers likely to stock it to ensure the prohibition is upheld.’

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