PLEASE NOTE: This information is not intended to scare. We are sharing to inform parents about a particular toy that is being scrutinised by watchdogs.
Squishies could soon be pulled off shelves in Australia after the popular children’s toy was banned in Denmark due to safety concerns.
Danish scientists tested the brightly-coloured soft-foam toys and found they contained harmful levels of chemicals often found in paint thinners, nail polish removers and glues.
“Children (are) at high risk if they sleep with their Squishies or have several of them in their bedroom,” the report warned.
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Squishies are not yet banned in Australia
According to News.com.au, Australian consumer advocate group Choice is said to be aware of the Danish report.
“It’s understandable that parents may be concerned in Australia following the Squishy ban in Denmark,” head of campaigns and policy Sarah Agar said.
“While we don’t know whether the same toys in Australia are unsafe, the issue does again highlight the need for a General Safety Provision in Australia, it is currently not illegal to sell unsafe products in Australia, we want to see that changed.”
Where can you find Squishies?
Squishies are usually shaped like food or animals and are similar in texture to a stress ball. They are made from PU foam and originate from Japan but have gained popularity among Australian primary school kids over the last few years.
Squishies can be found in Australia at major retailers such as Kmart, Target, Big W and Smiggle.
Children's 'squishies' toy BANNED in Denmark over fears they contain hazardous chemicals https://t.co/vBNhb5trgM
— Peter Jenkinson (@toyologist) September 1, 2018
Who to contact if you’re concerned
However, the Danish report doesn’t reference a particular manufacturer, which makes it unclear whether these toys sold in Australia contain the same chemicals.
Concerned parents can contact the Australian Competition Consumer Commission (ACCC) if they are concerned about a product.
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