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NZ Ministry of Consumer Affairs - Button battery experiment

The New Zealand Ministry of Consumer Affairs has produced a time lapse video using ham to illustrate the damage batteries do to a child’s throat and oesophagus.

The video is available on YouTube by searching for “Ministry of Consumer Affairs Button Battery Experiment”.

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TEXT: MINISTRY OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS - MANATU KAIHOKOHOKO

TEXT: Button battery experiment. 5 normal button batteries found in everyday childrens' toys. Placed between 2 slices of ham to represent a child's throat.

VISION: A round slice of ham lying flat has two coin sized button batteries and three smaller button batteries placed on it. A second slice of ham is placed on top to cover the batteries. A sped up time lapse transition shows the five batteries creating circular burn marks visible in the top slice of ham.

TEXT: Necrosis begins in just 1/2 an hour...

VISION: Sped up time lapse video shows the top slice of ham continuing to darken and burn in the areas where the batteries are placed beneath it. The top slice of ham is then removed and shown to have holes in it where the batteries burnt through.

TEXT: In 4 hours holes have burnt through

VISION: The batteries are picked up and removed having burnt through the bottom slice of ham also.

TEXT: Keep batteries away from children

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