Almost half of kids’s slime toys failed the EU security restrict for the presence of a doubtlessly dangerous chemical, analysis discovered.
The buyer affiliation Which? examined 13 merchandise from a variety of excessive avenue and on-line retailers.
5 failed the restrict for the chemical component boron in toys, whereas one other product categorized as a putty additionally failed.
Boron is present in borax, a typical ingredient in slime that helps to create its stickiness.
Over-exposure to the chemical could cause pores and skin irritation, diarrhoea, vomiting and cramps within the short-term.
Contact with very excessive ranges of boron can also impair fertility and will trigger hurt to an unborn youngster in pregnant girls, in line with the European Fee.
The EU security restrict is 300mg/kg for slime and 1200mg/kg for putty.
Slime toys are gloopy sticky substances that may be pulled and twisted into completely different shapes.
The merchandise are prone to be widespread selections for kids as Christmas presents.
Slime and putty merchandise that failed the Which? check
:: Frootiputti, produced by Goobands and on the market in Hamleys, had 4 occasions the permitted restrict for slime.
:: HGL’s Ghostbusters slime, which might be purchased in Smyths Toys Superstores, had greater than thrice the restrict.
:: Enjoyable Foam, made by Zuru Oosh and bought by Argos, exceeded the restrict for putty by 500mg/kg.
:: The DIY Slime Package, made by Essenson and accessible from Amazon, contained a purple slime that had four-and-a-half occasions the authorized stage of boron.
:: Jexybox 30z Shiny Slime in pink, bought by eBay, and ME Life TicTock Fluffy Slime in pink, bought by Amazon, additionally exceeded the EU security customary for boron.
Which? mentioned Goobands and HGL had disagreed with its categorisation of their merchandise as slime and argue that their merchandise are literally putty and due to this fact go the EU customary.
Earlier this yr Which? discovered that eight out of 11 toy slime merchandise examined exceeded the restrict.
The buyer physique was involved a number of the items had been making it on to cabinets as a result of they had been being marketed as putty as an alternative of slime.
It additionally raised issues that producers had been left to self-certify the security of their merchandise, discovering that slimes had been displaying a CE mark suggesting the product was secure regardless of boron ranges being too excessive when examined by Which?.
The watchdog mentioned it had knowledgeable producers and retailers about its findings and requested that the merchandise be faraway from sale.
It prompt that anybody who owns one of many slimes that failed its testing “might 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 should be finished by the federal government and retailers to determine the merchandise and cease them from reaching folks’s houses.
Nikki Stopford, director of analysis and publishing at Which?, mentioned: “Slime will function in lots of children’ letters to Santa this Christmas, nonetheless we have discovered extra worrying proof that kids could possibly be put in danger by these toys.
“Mother and father ought to have faith that the merchandise that they purchase for his or her kids will likely be secure, 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 federal government and retailers to step up and do a significantly better job of making certain solely secure merchandise get into folks’s houses and into the palms of kids.”
Hamleys mentioned: “Guaranteeing the security and belief of our clients is certainly one of our core values as a 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 authorized requirements for toy security.
“As a precautionary measure, we’ve made the choice to take away all Goobands Frootiputti from our shops whereas we examine this matter additional.”
An Amazon spokesman mentioned: “Market sellers should observe our promoting pointers and people who do not will likely be topic to motion, together with potential elimination of their account.
“The merchandise in query are not accessible.”