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# 173688 2-Jun-2015 09:31
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Purchased one of these at a sushi chain on weekend 

https://www.asianfoodgrocer.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/800x800/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/1/7/17607-strawberry-ramune-soda-xl.jpg

Luckily I didn't just hand it straight to my 4 year old to drink. Turns out the blue cap comes off and allows the glass sealing marble to roll right out into the drinkers mouth.

Am I just being paranoid, or does this product seem like a potential choking hazard and perhaps shouldnt be sold in NZ ??

Any warnings on the bottle were in Japanese.

I have never heard of these "marble sodas" until I researched it, apparently its an old bottling technique now superseded by good old caps and aluminium twist tops.

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  # 1315910 2-Jun-2015 09:49
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No, the idea is that you use the plastic bit that comes wrapped to the top of the bottle to push the marble into the drink. You then drink through the hole the marble was sealing. You don't remove the plastic surround that was around the marble. It then also has a couple of ribs in the bottle that catch the marble if you want a long drink, or if you turn the bottle round it rolls down and seals the bottle off giving you a small sip. It could be dangerous for kids though, but used properly, there is no danger of swallowing the marble.




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  # 1315913 2-Jun-2015 09:53
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paulmilbank: No, the idea is that you use the plastic bit that comes wrapped to the top of the bottle to push the marble into the drink. You then drink through the hole the marble was sealing. You don't remove the plastic surround that was around the marble. It then also has a couple of ribs in the bottle that catch the marble if you want a long drink, or if you turn the bottle round it rolls down and seals the bottle off giving you a small sip. It could be dangerous for kids though, but used properly, there is no danger of swallowing the marble.


Yeah I figured that out, but some parents may be unaware of the sealing method, and simply pass the drink to their kids without knowing, the natural thought is to twist off the blue cap, which is what I did...and I'm and adult.

 
 
 
 


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  # 1315921 2-Jun-2015 09:59
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I fully get your point, I didn't know about it when I first had one either. I only got laughed at by the Anime and Manga crowd when I first started twisting the top off. The picture instructions could be a bit clearer. I am fairly surprised that they are not forced to put a sticker over the instructions in English. They have to do that for some drinks for the nutritional stuff, why not opening instructions.




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  # 1315926 2-Jun-2015 10:03
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paulmilbank: I fully get your point, I didn't know about it when I first had one either. I only got laughed at by the Anime and Manga crowd when I first started twisting the top off. The picture instructions could be a bit clearer. I am fairly surprised that they are not forced to put a sticker over the instructions in English. They have to do that for some drinks for the nutritional stuff, why not opening instructions.


My brand didn't even come with opening instructions, I also noticed in research that many brands crimp the plastic cap so its not removable.

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