Retail chain Zeeman is recalling a type of play putty that has been sold in its European branches for posing a danger to children’s health.
Tests have shown the product – Dinosaur Bouncing Putty – to contain too high a concentration of boron, a chemical which enhances stickiness. Contact with the chemical can cause diarrhea, nausea and skin irritation. It can also cause fertility problems.
Putty and slime are popular playthings which both contain boron and pots with too-high levels feature appear frequently on the EU’s rapid alert website. They have also been called out by the national product safety watchdog NIVM.
A consumer watchdog Consumentenbond test from 2018 found dangerous levels of boron in ten types of slime, and similar tests in Great Britain, Italy, Germany and Italy showed equally inadmissible high levels of the chemical.
Zeeman has said clients who return the product will get their money back.
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