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Authorities are warning the public that a magic toy sold online and at the Royal Melbourne Show could potentially expose purchasers to deadly asbestos fibres.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) says the gimmick wallets which release a large flame when opened, have been marketed and sold as a novelty or magic prop.
The ACCC conducted tests on a small number of the fire wallets following a complaint, and it was discovered to contain some asbestos.
The wallets were reportedly sold on eBay in addition to this years Royal Melbourne Show. Consumers are advised that the fire wallets may contain asbestos and are subsequently hazardous.
The eBay trader, All Media Collectables, informed the ACC that all fire wallets have been recalled and affected customers have been contacted.
Those who have purchased the wallets have been advised to double-bag it in durable plastic bags, store it out of reach of children and contact the ACCC on safe disposal guidelines.
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