PARENTS can check if their children’s toys have been made with potentially harmful chemicals
It comes after a United Nations study found 126 chemicals in hard, soft and foam plastic toys that could cause long-term illness in children.
In total, UN Environment researchers found the dangerous chemicals in a quarter of children’s toys based on existing studies.
This does not necessarily mean that the toys are dangerous, as toys sold in the UK must first meet strict safety guidelines, including limits on certain chemicals.
The study found that softer plastic toys pose a greater threat to toddlers than harder toys because children typically own more, play with them longer, and put them in their mouths.
The full effect of chemicals on the body is not known, but they have been linked to cancer and infertility.
List of potentially dangerous chemicals in toys
HERE are the 126 chemicals found in children’s toys that could be potentially harmful, according to the study:
- Mono (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate
- Triphenyl phosphate (TPHP)
- Diisobutyl phthalate (DiBP)
- Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)
- Dioctyl phthalate (DNOP)
- Di (2-ethylhexyl) adipate (DEHA)
- Di- (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)
- Tricresyl phosphate
- Bisphenol A (BPA)
- Di- (2-ethylhexyl) -terephthalate (DEHTP)
- 1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, butyl cyclohexyl ester
- Diethyl phthalate (DEP)
- Diisononyl phthalate (DINP)
- Bis[2-(dimethylamino) ethyl] ether
- 1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid bis (2-propylheptyl) ester (DPHP)
- Butyl Benzyl Phthalate (BBP)
- 1,4-Diazabicyclo [2.2.2]octane
- 2-Ethylhexyl Diphenyl Phosphate (EHDPP)
- Diisodecyl phthalate (DiDP)
- Diisooctyl phthalate (DiOP)
- Tris (2-chloroethyl) phosphate
- Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD)
- Decabromodiphenyl oxide (DBDE)
- Tributyl phosphate (TnBP)
- 2,2,4-trimethyl-1,3-pentanediol diisobutyrate (TXIB)
- 2,4-bis (1-methyl-1-phenylethyl) phenol
- Acetyl-tributyl-citrate (ATBC)
- Diisobutyl adipate (DINA)
- Di-2-ethylhexyl hexahydrophthalate
- Tributyl citrate
- Diethylene glycol dibenzoate
- 1,2,3-propanetriol, diacetate
- Triethyl phosphate
- Diisononyl-adipate (DINA)
- Hexadecanoic acid
- Dipropylene glycol dibenzoate
- Tri- (2-ethylhexyl) -trimellitate
- Trioctyl trimellitate
- Diethylene glycol
- tris (2-ethylhexyl) phosphate
- Dimethyl phthalate (DMP)
- Decanedioic acid, dibutyl ester
- Benzene, 1,1-oxybis-, octabromo [BDE-203]
- 2,2 ‘, 3,4,4’, 5 ‘, 6-heptabromodiphenylether (BDE-183)
- Butylated hydroxytoluene
- Bis (2-hydroxypropyl) ether
- 4,4′-methylenebis benzenamine
- Salicylic acid, benzyl ester
- 1,2-bis (2,4,6-tribromophenoxy) ethan
- 4,4′-diphenylmethane diisocyanate
- 2,2 ‘, 4,4′, 5,5’-hexabromodiphenylether (BDE-153)
- 2- (2-butoxyethoxy) ethanol
- Benzene, (1-methylpropyl) –
- Tris- (dichloropropyl) -phosphate (TDCPP)
- Ethylene glycol
- Pentabromophenylbenzene (BDE-99)
- 2,2 ‘, 4,4’-tetrabromodiphenylether
- 2,2’4,4 ‘, 5,6’-hexabromodiphenylether (BDE-154)
- Diethyl propanedioate
- Styrene oxide
- Bisphenol AF (BPAF)
- Diphenyl phthalate (DPP)
- Decabromodiphenylethane (DBDPE)
- Methyl methacrylate
- The copper
- Benzyl alcohol
- Ethan, 1,2-dichloro-
- Benzene, chloro-
- Ethanamine, N, N-diethyl-
- Naphthalene, 1-methyl-
- Acetaldehyde (ethanal)
- Methylene chloride
- Ethan, 1,1-dichloro-
- Ethene, 1,1-dichloro-
- Propane, 1,2-dichloro-
- Tris (2-chloro1-methylethyl) phosphate
- 2,2 ‘, 4,5’-tetrabromodiphenylether (BDE-47)
The problem many parents face is that manufacturers don’t have to include the full list of chemicals used in making a toy on the packaging.
It is almost impossible for parents to make an informed choice before purchasing it.
One of the researchers behind the study, Peter Fantke, professor at the Technical University of Denmark, said: “These substances should be given priority for the phase-out of toy materials and replaced with more alternatives. safer and more durable. “
Nicolò Aurisano, the study’s first author and Peter’s doctoral student, explained that because toy manufacturers do not have to provide a full list of chemicals in products for consumers, the research had to focus on build on research found in articles through other studies.
The study advises regulators to introduce rules that require manufacturers to include a full list of chemicals used in products on packaging.
The study also pointed out that toys imported to Europe from outside the bloc were also at higher risk.
In 2019, a warning was issued for toxic chemicals found in hundreds of toys imported from China.
In August 2020, a separate study warned parents of eight dangerous chemicals found in toys for sale in the UK outside the EU.
While children’s bath toys sold on Amazon also had levels of dangerous chemicals.
Researchers are now urging parents to stop buying plastic toys, but recognize that it is difficult to avoid them.
Children who continue to be exposed to plastic toys should only play with them in ventilated rooms to reduce the risk of inhaling dangerous chemicals.
Parents should also look for the CE mark on toys, which shows that it meets a full list of safety requirements set out in UK law.
If you have bought a toy that you think is unsafe, or has injured your child, or you think it is breaking safety rules, you should report it to Trading Standards.
Trading Standards is managed by local boards, so you will need to contact yours directly to find out how to report a potentially unsafe product.
Once you report the toy, authorities will test and issue a recall notice if necessary.
You can check if a product has been recalled on the Trading Standards Reminder Notice Board or directly on the sites of retailers or manufacturers.
In 2018, popular British toys called Squishies were banned in Denmark after tests found they contained harmful chemicals.
The year before, Claire’s Accessories was also forced to recall girls’ makeup due to concerns that it contained potentially deadly asbestos.