Nearly half of kids’ toy slimes failed EU security assessments for the presence of a doubtlessly dangerous chemical.
Which? Examined 13 merchandise from a variety of excessive avenue and on-line retailers and located five failed the EU security normal restrict for boron in toys, whereas one other product categorised as a putty additionally failed.
Boron is present in borax, a standard ingredient in slime that helps to create its stickiness. The EU security restrict 300mg/kg for mud and 1200mg/kg for putty.
Frootiputti, produced by Goobands and on the market in Hamleys, had four instances the permitted to restrict, whereas HGL’s Ghostbusters slime, which might be purchased in Smyths Toys Superstores, had greater than three times the restrict.
Which? Stated each producer had disagreed with its categorisation of their merchandise as slime and argued that their merchandise is putty and subsequently move the EU normal.
Enjoyable foam, made by Zuru Oosh and bought by Argos, is assessed as putty but it inevitably failed the testing because it was discovered to have a degree of 1700mg/kg.
The DIY Slime Package, made by Essendon and accessible from Amazon, contained a purple slime that had four-and-a-half instances the authorised degree of boron.
Two different slimes, Jexybox 30z Shiny Slime (pink) bought by eBay and ME Life TicTock Fluffy Slime (pink) bought by Amazon, additionally contained ranges of the chemical in extra of EU security requirements, Which? Discovered.
Over-exposure to boron may cause pores and skin irritation, diarrhoea, vomiting and cramps within the short-term.
In response to the European Fee, publicity to very excessive ranges of boron may impair fertility and will trigger hurt to an unborn youngster in pregnant ladies.
Earlier this 12 months, Which? Discovered that eight out of 11 toy slime merchandise examined exceeded the EU security restrict.
Which? Stated it was involved that a few of the slimes that had been examined have been making it on to cabinets as a result of they have been being marketed as putty as an alternative of mud.
It additionally raised concern that producers have been left to self-certify the security of their merchandise, discovering that slimes have been displaying a CE mark suggesting the product was protected regardless of boron ranges being too excessive when examined by Which?.
The watchdog stated it had knowledgeable producers and retailers about its findings and requested that the merchandise be faraway from the sale.
It urged that anybody who owns one of many slimes that failed its testing “could want to return it to the retailer and ask for a refund”.
Which? Has additionally handed its findings to the Workplace for Product Security and Requirements (OPSS), saying it believed extra has to be finished by the Authorities and retailers to determine the merchandise and cease them from reaching individuals’ properties.
Nikki Stopford, director of analysis and publishing at Which?, stated: “Slime will characteristic in lots of youngsters’ letters to Santa this Christmas. Nonetheless, we have discovered extra worrying proof that kids may very well be put in danger by these toys.
“Dad and mom ought to believe that the merchandise that they purchase for his or her kids will likely be protected. However, our newest investigation has uncovered dangerous merchandise being bought even by large retailers.
“Once more, we’re calling on producers to cease making unsafe merchandise, and for the Authorities and retailers to step up and do a significantly better job of making certain solely protected merchandise get into individuals’ properties and the arms of kids.”
Hamleys stated: “Guaranteeing the security and belief of our clients is one in every of our core values as an enterprise and we are going to by no means compromise on the security of our merchandise.
“We work carefully with our suppliers and producers to make sure all merchandise meet the authorised requirements for toy security.
“As a precautionary measure, we’ve got chosen to take away all Goobands Frootiputti from our shops whereas we examine this matter additional.”
An Amazon spokesman stated: “Market sellers should observe our promoting tips and those that do not will likely be topic to motion, together with potential elimination of their account.
“The merchandise in query is now not accessible.”