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Toy Safety – Harmful Substances In Toys

March 14th, 2019
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Controlling authorities are overwhelmed by the flood of product from Asia. Toy safety – a topic that should be always up-to-date oko Test and similar organizations are certainly very laudable and helpful institution, when it comes to finding safe products into the huge Angebotsjungle. This is the case also with toys. But unfortunately only once per year, usually just before Christmas. Then everyone remembers suddenly that test results have awarded every second toy, due to high levels of pollution, as hazardous waste in the last year. It tests again diligently and finds surprise, that the results fail just as miserably this year as in the previous year.

No wonder. The topic of harmful substances in toys showed up in the media, large, for the first time in 2007. But as it is the case with the media, they lose interest very quickly on topics, as soon as they no longer get enough readers or viewers. And therefore this important topic is cooked up since getting back on time shortly to Christmas, a few politicians promised improvement and you’re done. Much has changed to in recent years however does not. The issue of toy safety is overwhelmed with bodies in May and in August just as topical as in December. Also the numbers of the EU rapid alert system RAPEX show that. Over 1,700 toys were used on the index in 2008.

The annual report for 2009 is not much better look. In Germany, the market surveillance authorities for the control of toys are responsible. That with the task completely overwhelmed them in the NDR, a report showed in December of 2009 phthalates? Can you eat that? Better not. Since phthalates are plasticisers and belong to the pollutants that were previously most commonly found in toys. They are used in plastics to make them softer and more pliable. Plasticizers are suspected in the human body have a hormone-like effect and to cause infertility, obesity, and diabetes in men. But it’s not only the softening of that worry the testers. Also heavy metals such as lead are always in very high concentrations noted. The lead is dangerous, that it accumulates in the body and in the long term can lead to a weakened immune system, as well as learning and concentration. “A substance identified frequently in adhesives is that formaldehyde, a pungent-smelling gas, which irritates mucous membranes and respiratory tract and of the World Health Organization (WHO) as carcinogenic to humans” is classified. Traces of formaldehyde were found in clay. Now 67% of the game things can be found in shops, get away more and more toys from Asia from Asia, most from China. And it is exactly these toys again covered by the tests. Because in China, no one pays it with what color a baby rattle is painted. And slip always heavily contaminated products through the relatively coarse mesh of control network due to the immense mass of toys, and appears so in the shelves of toy shops. Parents who want to go to play it safe, should so inform yourself and especially on the Pay attention to origin of toys. Because for many of the products of Asia there is an alternative made in Germany “.

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