News

Mum inadvertently buys young daughter ninja star

Maryborough mum Rebecca Sutcliffe was a little concerned when her six-year-old found a toy resembling a ninja star in her juice.
Maryborough mum Rebecca Sutcliffe was a little concerned when her six-year-old found a toy resembling a ninja star in her juice.

IS it a toy or a weapon?

That is what Maryborough's Rebecca Sutcliffe was left wondering when her daughter Eden Churchill, 6, opened her juice bottle, called a Surprise 5 because of its promise of a toy inside its detachable cup, to find what appeared to them to be a ninja star inside.

When Ms Sutcliffe had bought the juice bottles in the past, the toy had always been something funny or cute - but the star shaped item with serrated metal edges had her thinking of a weapon rather than a children's toy.

Ms Sutcliffe said at first she had thought the toy might be a spinning top and tried to twist it - but it cut into her fingertips with its points.

The toy in question features serrated metal edges.
The toy in question features serrated metal edges.

She said its resemblance to a ninja star was also concerning as it may appear to be a projectile to children - especially since her daughter jokingly threw it toward her after assuming that is what the toy was.

Although instructions on the side of the bottle indicated that the toys were not suitable for children under 3 years of age, Ms Sutcliffe said she was still concerned.

Steel City Beverages, the company that imports the product, were contacted yesterday but did not provide a response by the time of going to press.

Contact was made with the Queensland Office of Fair Trading and a spokesperson said they encouraged parents who were concerned about a toy to make a complaint to their office.

"If possible, the complaint should include a sample of the product," the spokesperson said.

Ms Sutcliffe said she would send the item in to be assessed.

The spokesperson from the Office of Fair Trading said if the toy was found to be unsafe, steps would be taken with the supplier to rectify the problem.

"Depending on which mandatory safety standard requirement is failed, corrective actions might include amended safety warning labelling or the product being removed from sale and recalled," the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson said that toys did not require approval from a governmental agency before they were able to be sold.

"However, the onus is on suppliers to ensure products they supply comply with mandatory safety standards," the spokesperson said.

"Significant penalties can apply where individuals or corporations breach product safety laws."

Topics:  editors picks



Foodies' scavenger hunt: are you up for it?

IF YOU want to give your tastebuds the flavour sensations of a lifetime, here is the ultimate foodie’s scavenger hunt through Brisbane.

5 minutes with Israel Folau on footy, life and love

Israel Folau and Silver Fern netballer Maria Tutaia announced their engagement last last year.

WE CAUGHT up with football star and Brisbane ex-pat Israel Folau.

10 reasons to head to South Bank this summer

Head to the only inner-city beach in Australia!

South Bank has a ridiculous amount of fun things to do.

Five mammoth events you need in your life

No Caption

BRISBANE isn’t known for doing things by halves…

How to make your child's every dream come true...

Take a dip at South Bank in the inner-city beach.

‘I DON’T want to do fun things, Mum and Dad’… said no child ever!

How to do Eat Street the right way

Know where to start and where to end to avoid a huge food coma before you get to experience all the goodies!

EVERY Friday and Saturday night, Hamilton comes alive.

You can do WHAT in Brisbane?!

Talk about arriving in style! Take your pub crawl to the next level with a helicopter!

BET you didn't know you could do these things in Brisbane...

Truck driver accused of causing Fraser Coast tragedy

TRAGIC: Two women were killed as a result of a crash on the Bruce Hwy north of Gootchie in July last year.

Cameron Edward Schueber charged with causing a fatal crash.

Pilot picks Hervey Bay for his 100th Angel Flight mission

100TH ANGEL FLIGHT: (front) are Rosemary and Michael Solomon, and back are Angel Flight passengers Kay and Krystal.

Michael Solomon made the milestone last week.

Local Partners

Locals hired for Ozcare clean-up totalling 55,000 hours

Before residents are ready to move into the Ozcare Hervey Bay once construction is finished, the building needs to be made sparkling clean.


Puppetry of the Penis secrets revealed ahead of show

The famed Puppetry of the Penis is coming to the Sunshine Coast for shows in Noosa and Caloundra.

WARNING: This interview contains adult themes and traces of nuts

Noll meltdown won't affect Gympie Oz Day concert

Shannon Noll

Photo Contributed

Shannon Noll is still expected to perform in Gympie next Thursday

What's on: 11 gigs coming up at the Brolga

Xavier Rudd will be performing a benefit concert at the Brolga Theatre on January 21.

There's a gig for everyone with lots happening in coming months.

Lion roars to straight to No 1 at Aussie box office

Nicole Kidman, David Wenham and Sunny Pawar in a scene from the movie Lion.

THE Australian-made movie a hit, while Rogue One nears record mark.

Ozzy Osbourne fell asleep during his driving test

Not a good idea to give Ozzy a Ferrari

Kristen Stewart to host SNL

Kristen Stewart will host a pre-Super Bowl episode of SNL next month

Louis Tomlinson celebrated his son's first birthday

Louis Tomlinson and Briana Jungwirth celebrate son's first birthday

Kylie Minogue will take husband's name

Kylie Minogue will take her fiancé Joshua Sasse's surname

Nicole reveals her biggest parenting challenges

Actress Nicole Kidman.

Nicole Kidman says her kids are ‘deeply attuned' to her moods.

Why investors are flocking to Moranbah

Moranbah homes are selling like hotcakes, creating a supply problem

Investors are scrambling to get into the market

Stockland's $150m pitch: Build it and they will come

Gladstone Marina. The Gladstone Regional Council offers a range of exciting job opportunities. Photo Contributed: Murray Ware.

Here's why we need to see Stockland upgrade start soon.

First home buyers the "lifeblood” of Fraser Coast market

CoreLogic property statistics reveal the region's median house price of $300,000 did not change in the September quarter.

Median house price of $300,000 remains steady in September quarter

By the water's edge

Secure your seachange

HOT PROPERTY: Money to spend on land, buildings

File picture.

Sale, leasing of industrial real estate picks up in Mackay

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!