Health warning over fidget toy advent calendar

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A safety warning has been issued by the authorities over the fidget toy Advent calendar containing high levels of a toxic chemical said to be harmful to children.

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Testing of the toys showed excessive amounts of the plastic softening chemical bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), which can be harmful to children’s health and possibly harm their reproductive systems.

The calendar has been on sale in North Lanarkshire in Scotland, with the local authority stating that the product does not identify the manufacturer or importer.


According to the local council, the product fails to meet the safety requirements of the Toys (Safety) Regulations 2011 and should not be given to children.

Trading Standard executives are now asking anyone who buys the calendar not to give it to children and to return it to the retailer immediately.

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North Lanarkshire Council wrote on Twitter: “Our Trading Standards team is advising parents not to give children the Fidget Toy Advent Calendar due to safety concerns over toys inside.”

He said: “Tests show that they contain high levels of chemicals that can harm children’s health.”

Michael McPeak, coordinator of North Lanarkshire Council’s Environment and Transport Committee, said: “The lack of manufacturer and importer details on this calendar raised concerns with our trade standards team, and testing of the product highlighted significant safety concerns.”

He thanked the authorities for their “vigilance” and asked the public to “circulate the information with anyone who may have purchased one of these calendars.”

Mr. McPeak said: “Our advice is not to open them or allow children to play with the toys, and to return the calendar to the retailer where you purchased it. You are entitled to a full refund.”

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