Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Eden withdraws poisonous bracelets

The Eden Project has withdrawn the sale of bracelets decorated with a potentially lethal tropical seed from its visitor shop

A major tourist attraction has withdrawn the sale of bracelets decorated with a potentially lethal tropical seed from its visitor shop, it has been disclosed.

The Eden Project, in St Austell, Cornwall, was selling the red seeded bracelets for about a year before one of the attraction's own horticulturists spotted the poisonous seeds.

The attraction's spokesman, David Rowe, told the BBC: "We are talking about a strung seed bracelet which comes from Peru. The seeds are laced into string.

"We've identified the seeds as potentially dangerous so we have withdrawn the bracelets from sale immediately.

"We have been advised that in an extreme case, if these seeds are chewed or ingested, it is very dangerous and potentially lethal."

The bracelets, which contain a seed called abrus precatorius, had come from the company Rainstick Trading, based in Suffolk.

The Eden Project has issued a full recall of the bracelet and has asked anyone who believes they may have bought one to return it for a refund.

The attraction has also removed all remaining stocks from its shelves. The item has not been sold through the Eden online store.

There is no suggestion Rainstick was aware that the bracelet was made from potentially dangerous materials, the broadcaster said.

The company was not available for comment.

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