The Trade Inspection inspected over 200 toy models. Almost half of them were badly labeled, 19 contained prohibited concentrations of phthalates, and 20 had excessively high levels of heavy elements, such as boron or cadmium, the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection reported.
Toys – UOKiK inspection results
The largest percentage of the questioned products concerned slime toys, ie popular “glutes” – due to insufficient labeling and exceeding the permissible migration of heavy elements – the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) announced on Friday. On the other hand, the least inconsistencies were found in projectile toys – bows, slingshots, pistols (35% of those inspected).
The President of UOKiK, Tomasz Chróstny, admitted that there are still toys on the market that pose a threat to the health and life of the youngest users. – We withdraw these types of articles from the market immediately. We make every effort to ensure that consumers have access only to safe products – assured Chróstny, quoted in the Office’s information on Friday.
The Trade Inspection inspected the toys
According to UOKiK, the Trade Inspection inspected over 200 models of various toys, including dolls, balls, slingshot and bows. Experts have verified that they are well labeled and do not pose a threat to the youngest consumers.
“Almost half of them were badly labeled, 19 of them contained prohibited concentrations of phthalates, 20 had too high levels of heavy elements, such as boron or cadmium” – it was indicated. It was added that the scale of irregularities varied, depending on the type of product, it ranged between 35%. and 80 percent
As reported, most of the products went to laboratory testing. “Some of them were particularly dangerous – they had an incorrect design, eg they had too much impact force or there was a risk of detachment of small elements that could cause choking” – indicated. It was added that some of the toys were dangerous in terms of chemicals – their parts contained too high a concentration of harmful chemicals.
It was added that after identifying irregularities by experts, entrepreneurs “took corrective actions”, including on supplementing the deficiencies in marking, withdrawing from the market toys that do not comply with the standards and informing users about identified irregularities.
Gift toys – check in advance
Experts advise that before buying a gift for a younger member of the household, check that the product meets the requirements and does not pose a threat to it. Data on non-conforming goods detected by market surveillance authorities in the European Union are available at Safety Gate – RAPEX (https://ec.europa.eu/safety-gate-alerts/screen/webReport) and ICSMS https: // webgate .ec.europa.eu / icsms / public / productSearch.jsp? locale = pl).
A dangerous product can also be reported to the Trade Inspection or UOKiK, using a special form. As the Office reminded, free assistance can be obtained, among others via the hotline: in simple matters without document analysis, phone number: 801 440 220 and 22 290 89 16.; the consumer E-counsel Center – firstname.lastname@example.org or the provincial Inspectorates of the Trade Inspection – www.uokik.gov.pl/wiih.
UOKiK explained that one of the goals of the President of the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection is “to supervise the market and ensure that only products that meet the essential requirements are delivered to Polish consumers.”
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