The European Environment Bureau has issued a warning about the massive presence of toxic toys made in China in different EU countries. In 13 of the 15 countries analyzed, the document adds, has detected a dangerous contamination by phthalates (a chemical compound that makes the plastic more malleable and is considered carcinogenic) in children.
The organisation has also published that national authorities blocked the sale of 248 toy models due to the presence of these substances. Of these, 228 (92%) posed a “serious risk” as included in the report, 219 (88%) were Chinese and 127 (51%) were contaminated with phthalates.
“The European Chemicals Agency (based in Finland) has come to the conclusion that the situation is not adequately controlled,” explain the Office. The European Toy Safety Directive excludes the production of many harmful chemicals, but neglects others”, such as those used in this type of toys.