Cornwall

Eden Project recalls tropical seed bracelets

The bracelet has been withdrawn
Image caption The bracelets have been on sale in the Eden Project's shops for around a year

The Eden Project has withdrawn from sale bracelets which are decorated with a potentially lethal tropical seed.

The bracelets were on sale in its shops in Cornwall for about a year.

The poisonous seeds were spotted by chance by one of its own horticulturists at the St Austell attraction.

Eden, which does not manufacture the bracelet, has issued a full product recall and has withdrawn all remaining stocks from its shelves.

Refund offered

The bracelets contain a seed called abrus precatorius.

The attraction's spokesman, David Rowe, said: "We are talking about a strung seed bracelet which comes from Peru. The seeds are laced in to string.

"We've identified the seeds as potentially dangerous so we have withdrawn the bracelets from sale immediately.

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

Eden is asking anyone who bought such a bracelet from the Eden Shop in the past year to return it for a refund.

The item has not been sold through the Eden online store.

Mr Rowe said he believed a number of other outlets in the UK were also selling the bracelet, from company Rainstick Trading, which was based in Suffolk.

There is no suggestion at this stage that Rainstick was aware that the bracelet was made from any potentially dangerous materials.

The company has not been available for comment.

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