A number of laser pointers and similar products are being banned and withdrawn from the market by the Malta Standards Authority.
The authority said that these products posed a risk to users. They had an integral Class III laser which was harmful if the beam produced was pointed towards the eye. Some also produced an electric discharge.
Retailers having these products on their shelves were requested to remove them and to contact the agents supplying them to ensure their recall.
Consumers who had these products in their possession should return them to the place of purchase.
The authority warned retailers that all similar products which would be found on the market would be confiscated.