The Trade Inspection inspected 12 models of toys for children under three, such as a bath book or a dice. Some of them contained an unacceptable concentration of tris phosphate, which was toxic when swallowed, the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) informed on Friday.
According to the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection in a press release sent to PAP, the inspectors of the Trade Inspection checked 12 models of toys for children available on the Polish market, such as playthings, foam toys or bath books - mostly imported. The inspection covered eight Chinese products, one each from Germany from Canada and two from Poland. Four articles were contested, all of which came from China, the office stressed.
Formal deficiencies, e.g. marking errors, were found in four of the 12 toy models inspected. Moreover, a laboratory test of 11 samples was carried out, of which two were found to exceed the permissible concentration of harmful chemical substance.
The research was carried out by the Specialist Laboratory of Textile Products and Instrumental Analysis based in Łódź. The controllers checked the toys for the presence of allergens and flame retardants. "The discrepancy concerned the bath book and cubes, which contained an unacceptable concentration of tris (2-chloro-1-methylethyl) phosphate (TCPP) - 48 mg / kg and 18.7 ± 4.7 mg / kg, respectively" - indicated UOKiK in the report .
Tris phosphate is responsible for delaying the combustion of the material. The compound is toxic when swallowed and irritating in contact with eyes, the office stressed.
As we read, the formal non-compliance of the inspected products concerned: required warnings (in two cases - dough and foam toys, eg no warning "0-3"); no instructions in Polish (in the case of an ankle); no manufacturer data (in the case of a bath book).
In one identified case of formal non-compliance, the inspectors of the Trade Inspection requested the entrepreneur responsible for placing the toy on the market with a request to undertake voluntary corrective actions. With regard to two products with negative laboratory test results, motions for initiating administrative proceedings were submitted to UOKiK. These cases are currently being examined by the office. (PAP)
author: Magdalena Jarco