MHRA warning: Thousands of counterfeit anti-choking devices sold across the UK

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has advised the public to exercise caution when buying anti-choking devices online,
ensuring these products are purchased from reputable sellers.

As estimated by the regulator, more than 10,000 counterfeit or unbranded anti-choking devices have been purchased by the public within the last two years through
listings on online marketplaces such as Amazon and eBay, as well as drop-shipping websites.

People are cautioned that the use of such products poses a substantial risk of failure in clearing blockages and could exacerbate the situation by pushing
obstructions further down into the airway passage.

Dr Alison Cave, MHRA Chief Safety Officer, said: “Buying anti-choking devices that do not have a valid UKCA or CE mark increases the risk of receiving a product
which does not include appropriate instructions and is either fake or does not meet the UK’s regulatory requirements.

“These products do not meet our strict quality standards and may put your health and safety at significant risk by failing to resolve or even worsening choking
incidents.”