Slime Toys could be Potentially Dangerous to Children

Author: Elizabeth Baker
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Slime products have surged in popularity in the last year. However, a new report has revealed that slime-based toys may contain high levels of chemicals which can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, cramps, headaches, tremors and skin irritation.

The warning relates to a chemical called boron. Consumer Group Which? tested 11 products and found that eight of them breached EU regulations on the amount of boron they contain. Boron is found in borax, the ingredient used in slime manufacture to give the product its stickiness. Which? said that Toysmith  Jupiter Juice contained 1,400mg of boron, more than 4 times the permitted level with CCINEE Pink Fluffy Slime  containing 1,000mg.Hulk Green Halloween Slime  and slime from The Works and Smyths  are considered safe.

Nikki Stopford, director of research and publishing at Which? said “Parents buying slime for their children should have peace of mind that these toys are safe, so they will be shocked to find that the health of their children  could be put at risk .”

“There must be fundamental changes to the product safety system.”

“Manufacturers must stop making unsafe products and the government and retailers simply have to do a far better job of getting anything identified as a risk off the shelves and out of people’s homes.”

The British Toy and Hobby Association said not all toys sold in the UK have been made following the “stringent rules of the Toy Safety Directive.”

Elizabeth Baker

About Elizabeth Baker

Elizabeth is our Business Development Manager. She has a degree in both English Literature and Law from Glasgow University. After graduating in 1983 she served her traineeship as a solicitor in Oban. When she was admitted as a solicitor her first job was at Mitchells Roberton in 1985 so she is a well known face. She spread her wings and joined other firms along the way and had a successful law practice under her own name for some years. She returned to Mitchells Roberton in 2011 and works primarily to enhance the marketing of our firm. With her excellent links with small business and the media in the greater Glasgow area, she is well placed in the role and generates a good deal of referrals and new business. Elizabeth is a people person and naturally connects with both staff and clients. Elizabeth has two grown up children and loves walking her dog, travelling and reading literature. Email: eb@mitchells-roberton.co.uk

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