Trading Standards at Nottinghamshire County Council issue warning about unsafe toy dolls sold this Christmas urging parents to return the product
Parents have been urged to return toy dolls sold this Christmas after a warning was issued concerning their safety.
Nottinghamshire County Council's Trading Standards team has issued a warning about the unsafe toy dolls with fears a chemical within the plastic could cause damage to the reproductive system.
The chemical phthalates, which is used to toughen plastic, was found in high levels in the Sweet Fashion and Girl Beautiful Dolls and could pose a risk to children's health.
Consumers who have bought these toys are advised not to give them to children and should return them to wherever they were bought from. Buyers should also inform Trading Standards.
It is thought the dolls may have entered the United Kingdom through a number of different importers and have been supplied across the country.
They originate from China, are individually boxed, of poor quality and it is understood they have been sold for between £1 and £3.
They come in a variety of outfits but have language on the box which makes little sense.
Trading Standards has the following advice: “The last thing anyone wants is for Christmas to be ruined by their child becoming ill because of a toy they have been given. We are urgently asking anyone who has bought one of these toys to return it immediately to the shop they bought it from, and then contact us.
“We understand the financial pressures people are under at the moment, but I’d urge parents to resist the temptation to buy cheap toys like these. They will carry none of the required quality marks and will likely have been subjected to no product testing at all.”
For further information regarding product safety for consumers please visit www.gov.uk/guidance/consumer-product-safety-advice-for-staying-safe.
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