Small drinking glasses in packs of six have been found to contain high levels of lead and cadmium and are being withdrawn from the local market.
The glasses don’t comply with European legislation which regulates the amount of the metals which are present in articles which come into contact with food.
In a statement the health ministry informed the public that the health services while carrying out controls in the market took a sample of the product which was deemed unsafe after laboratory tests were carried out.
The trade name of the product is ‘LAS VEGAS’, the country of origin China and the importer ‘Jackman Trading Ltd.
Cadmium is a heavy toxic metal used to make the bright red colour on many drinking glass decorations and has a similar effect on people’s health as lead.
Complications from lead exposure include behaviour and attention problems, decreased IQ, decreased growth, hearing problems and kidney issues. Headaches, anaemia, aggressive behaviour and difficulty sleeping are other possible symptoms.