Mothballs removed from sale
Mothballs are removed from shelves because poisoning risk to dren.
All mothball products, including moth flakes, are being taken off the market because they contain toxic chemicals which could be fatal if eaten or ingested.
The Ministry of Health is warning people to return any mothballs they have or throw them away.
Mothballs are used mainly when storing clothes and other articles vulnerable to damage from mould or moth larvae.
There have been no deaths in New Zealand attributed to mothballs but two people on average require hospital treatment for eating mothballs or flakes every three years.
Most of these cases are children under four years of age.
Mothballs and flakes are banned in Europe and are only available in Australia in a form that prevents them being swallowed or eaten.
Similar products are not available in New Zealand and would need to be assessed by the Environmental Protection Agency before they could be imported or manufactured. being
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