National alert over poison beads in bracelets, says county council

RESIDENTS in East Sussex are being warned about bracelets that contain poisonous red and black Jequirity beans.

The county’s Trading Standards team has sent out a local warning following an alert about the bracelets and the beans that contain the toxin ‘abrin’.

The toxin is a controlled substance that could cause serious harm if swallowed.

Trading Standards advise that none of these bracelets are known to have been sold locally – however, the bracelets have been sold through 36 retailers across the UK, one of which is the Eden Project in Cornwall.

People who have bought the bracelets are being urged to bag them and then wash their hands and avoid touching their eyes.

The bagged item may be disposed of safely in the household waste.

Call Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06 if you know of a local source of the item.