Thursday, August 25, 2011
If you have these crystal balls also known as Jelly Ball, Crystal Jelly, Baby Jelly, Baby Crystal and Crystal Soil at home and within reach of small children, you may want to get rid of them or move them away out of reach. These jelly balls are used to facilitate the growth of a plant or as a decoration in a pot.
The government has decided to ban their sale after receiving reports from the Kuala Lumpur Hospital and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Hospital of several cases of major surgery involving children aged one to five who were believed to have swallowed the "crystal balls." The ban takes effect from Friday, which is tomorrow.
Symptoms experienced from swallowing these jelly-like balls include vomiting, constipation, bloating of the stomach, abdominal pains, bowel obstructions and intestinal leakage.
Poland and Italy have banned the crystal balls last year.
Source: 'Crystal ball' seed-growing kits banned, The Star