A warning has been issued about the content of a Christmas advent calendar designed for children. The advent calendar includes a fidget toy behind each of its 24 doors in the run-up to Christmas.
However, councillors in the area have encouraged children not to play with the products enclosed in the Fidget Toy Advent Calendar.
It comes after North Lanarkshire Council bosses issued an alert online.
The potential danger was spotted by the council’s Trading Standards officers.
Anyone who has purchased the calendar have been urged to return it to the retailer immediately.
Testing undertaken on the toys enclosed found that there were excessive amounts of harmful chemicals used in the manufacturing process.
The investigation highlighted high levels of bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), which is used to soften plastic.
The chemical is harmful to children’s health and can cause possible damage to their reproductive system.
In addition, the product did not carry the name of the manufacturer or importers’ details.
As a result, the product does not meet the requirements of the Toys (Safety) Regulations 2011.
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The safety warning surrounding the calendar was reiterated by Councillor Michael McPake, Convener of the Environment and Transportation Committee in Scotland.
He thanked Trading Standards for their “vigilance” on spotting the issue, and also noted anyone who had purchased the calendar should not open it or use the products inside.
He said: “The lack of manufacturer and importer details on this calendar raised concern with our Trading Standards team, and testing of the product highlighted significant safety concerns.
“Thanks to the vigilance of our officers, we are taking action to remove these calendars from sale and I would ask the public to share this information with anyone who might have bought one of these calendars.
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“Our advice is don’t open them or let children play with the toys inside, and return the calendar to the retailer where you bought it.”
Mr McPake also pointed out that purchasers were entitled to a full refund due to the recall.
The council noted that toys sold in the UK must be safe for children’s use.
They said that importers must test toys to ensure specific safety requirements are met before they can be sold.
Councillors also urged locals to check that products are marked with CE or UKCA.
They also said they need this marking plus an address of the UK importer or manufacturer to meet the requirements.
Retailers who stock the advent calendar, or have sold them can seek free confidential business advice from Trading Standards at [email protected]