The Fashion Doll, distributed to Dollar Tree stores, has been found to have more than 246 times the federally allowable limit of the chemical phthalate Di(2-ethylhexyl), also known as DEHP, according to state officials.
The New York State Department of State’s Division of Consumer Protection has urged the federal government to recall the 5-inch doll, according to a news release from the state.
Phthalates are chemical substances often used in production of many types of plastics, certain inks, paints, and other products. They are generally used to make plastics softer. The National Toxicology Program cites concerns about human exposures to DEHP and potential health effects from such exposures, especially in infants and toddlers.
The doll contained 24.60% of DEHP, well above the federal limit 0.10%.
The doll is sold throughout New York State, including at Dollar Tree stores, where the Fashion Doll was purchased for testing. The doll is imported by Greenbrier International, Inc. of Chesapeake, VA.
“During this holiday shopping season, we need to make sure the toys we are buying our children are safe,” said New York State Secretary of State Rossana Rosado. “This toy poses an unacceptable risk to our kids and should not be on store shelves. I urge Dollar Tree to voluntarily pull the item from its shelves and call on the federal government to issue a recall of this product immediately.”
If anyone has the Fashion Doll at home, they can dispose of it by simply throwing it in the garbage, or they can choose to set it aside in a safe area and await any future recall instructions, which may or may not include a refund, state officials said.
Consumers who identify a recalled product in the marketplace, or require more information about toy safety and recalls, are urged to call the Consumer Assistance Hotline: 1-800-697-1220.
Read the full Consumer Alert here.
As published by HealthyExaminer.com.