Sunday, March 15, 2009

For goodness sakes

The Valencian Association of Consumers and Users (Avacu) say that some of the 'kioscos' in the city are selling sweets that could easily be mistaken for firecrackers and thus pose a danger to young children.

The designer of the sweets, the Valencian Felipe Báguenas, explained yesterday that this is a registered and patented product that has passed all the health and safety controls for its consumption.  He adds that it is neither dangerous nor does it cause confusion. It is simply a souvenir of the celebration of the fallas,  designed by a Valencian The fact that it looks like a class III firework which can only be sold to people over 18  makes it even more innocuous.

Those of you who have visited the fallas will have seen young children carrying plastic carrier bags full of fireworks; you will have seen them thrown around the streets towards young girls and stood close to a raging bonfire in the middle of the city. At the end of the fallas they record the number of people injured and compare it with previous years. In comparison to all that, selling souvenir sweets must rank 0 on the danger scale. 

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