Fabian Demicoli

Toys caution


The Malta Competition and Consumer
Affairs Authority has been notified of a number of products which pose a
serious risk to consumers. The below details refer: Should your company retail, import or
distribute the product in question, you are requested to notify GRTU without
delays, so necessary action is taken as soon as possible.

If you are aware of
any person or company who is retailing, importing or distributing this product,
kindly notify the undersigned so as to contact such person or company.

May we remind you of the obligations
under the General Product Safety Act that manufacturers/ importers/
distributors of products on the market in Malta are required to report any
incidents occurring and involving products they represent.

Notification
1: Batch number/Barcode: EAN
8592548320785 Plush toy teddy bear, approximate size 250 mm, designed for
children from 3 years old. Packed in a transparent plastic box with a paper
insert marked: "Love Mate", "Recordable Plush Toy" and
pictograms for replacement batteries.

Dangers
Details: Choking and Chemical. The product
poses a choking and chemical risk because the battery compartment is accessible
and can be easily opened. As a result, children have access to the batteries
and may put them in the mouth and swallow them. The product does not comply
with the Toys Safety Directive and the relevant European standard EN 71-1.

Notification
2: Barcode: 5602029092520. Children's
black fancy dress outfit including a shirt, trousers, red belt, eye mask and
cape. The packaging is a transparent plastic bag with a hanger including a card
bearing the importer's details, size, model number, composition, barcode, care
instructions and warnings.

Dangers
Details: Strangulation. The product poses a
risk of strangulation due to the presence of cords with loose ends in the neck
area. The product does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 14682.

Notification
3: Barcode: 8435234911532. A set of two
dolls (a large and small one), with accessories: bag, brush, boots, baby's
bottle and buggy. The packaging is a cardboard box with a transparent window,
which bears an age warning and the importer's details.

Dangers
Details: Chemical. The product poses a
chemical risk because the small doll contains 10.5% of dibutylphthalate (DBP)
by mass. According to the REACH Regulation the phthalates DEHP, DBP and BBP are
prohibited in all toys and childcare articles, while phthalates DINP, DIDP and
DNOP are prohibited in toys or childcare articles that can be placed in the
mouth by children.

Notification
4: Small, soft, stuffed, toy brown bear
cub with white clothes – 17 cm. Sold without packaging.

Dangers
Details: Choking. The
product poses the risk of choking because small parts (eyes) could be easily
detached, put into the mouth and swallowed. The product does not comply with
the Toy Safety Directive and with the relevant European standard EN 71-1.

Notification
5: Barcode: 5602259980109. Soft toy in
the form of a yellow and red piglet with a pink snout. Packed in a transparent
plastic bag sealed with a card on which a label is affixed. The front label
indicates the item, warnings and origin, and the back label indicates the
importer's contact details, warnings, reference, barcode, CE marking and age
restriction symbol.

Dangers
Details: Choking. The product poses a risk of
choking because small parts (eyes) can be detached and swallowed by small
children. The product does not comply with the Toy Safety Directive and with
the relevant European standard EN 71-1.

Notification
6: Batch number/Barcode: 6991294123626
Children´s plastic gun set with 2 sorts of plastic projectiles: 3 balls and 3
projectiles with suction cups. The packaging is a blister with a cardboard back
sheet containing information related to age grading and warnings, barcode,
importer details and playing instructions.

Dangers
Details: Chemical and Choking. The product
poses a chemical risk because the suction cups of the projectiles contain 7.24
% by weight of DEHP and 4.52 % by weight of DPB. In addition the product
contains 2.45 % by weight of DINP. According to the REACH Regulation the
phthalates DEHP, DBP and BBP are prohibited in all toys and childcare articles,
while phthalates DINP, DIDP and DNOP are prohibited in toys or childcare
articles that can be placed in the mouth by children In addition, the product
poses a risk of choking because the suction cups can be detached and could be
swallowed by small children. The product does not comply with the Toy Safety
Directive and the relevant

European standard EN 71-1.

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