PARENTS are being urged to check through their children’s toys after a batch of popular “squishies” have been found to be a risk to their youngsters’ health.
An urgent recall has been issued by the European Commission for the cake-shaped squishy toy over fears tots could choke on it or suffocate on the plastic packaging.
There are hundreds of different types of squishies but the warning is about a specific cake-shaped one called the “Slow Rising Scented Squishy”.
Originally made in China, it looks like a slice of pudding, coloured pink and white and has a strawberry on top.
The European Commission has categorised the toys as a “serious risk” and said that the products do not comply with the requirements of the Food-imitating Products Directive and the Toy Safety Directive.
Authorities warn that because of its shape, colour, appearance and size, a child could mistake the toy for food.
Which squishies are being recalled?
NOT all squishies are being recalled. The warning issued by the European Commision refers to a specific toy, so it's worth checking if you have one at home.
Name: Squishies – Slow Rising Scented Squishy
Model number: 67887
Batch number: 5053944678878
Risk: Serious – choking and suffocation
Small parts can easily come off if they’re bitten into and can cause tots to choke on them.
The warning also says that the plastic packaging is too thin and too large, which could cause a child to suffocate.
The squeezable foam toys are similar to stress balls and are mostly imported from Japan and China.
It’s not clear where this specific cake-shaped squishy was sold but you can buy squishies from retailers such as Claire’s, The Works, toy shops and online from sites including Amazon and eBay.
The recalled cake shaped squishy has an item number of 67887.
They also have a batch number of 5053944678878 which you can find underneath the barcode on the cardboard top of the packaging.
If you have one of these toys you should stop using it immediately and return it to where you bought it in exchange for a full refund.
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The toys have already been banned in Denmark after tests found that a batch of them contained harmful chemicals.
If children inhale these hazardous substances it could cause them breathing problems, and in the long-term can cause fertility and liver damage.
Earlier this year, a nine-year-old British girl “suffered chemical burns” after her Soft’n Slo squishy toy burst in her hands leaving her screaming with pain.
It’s unclear if a UK ban is likely to come into force, although this recall could be the first steps towards one.
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