Consumer agency warns of toxic chemical in doll

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New York state’s consumer protection agency has issued an advisory about a doll sold in the state containing high levels of a chemical considered a developmental hazard to infants and toddlers and is asking federal authorities to recall it.

The New York Department of State’s Division of Consumer Protection in an advisory Friday said it urged the federal government to recall a toy known as Fashion Doll, a 5-inch doll wearing a pink floral dress and pink shoes with blonde hair.

The toy is imported by Greenbrier International Inc. of Chesapeake, Virginia, and is sold at stores throughout New York State, including Dollar Tree, where the Fashion Doll was purchased. Testing found that the Fashion Doll contains more than 246 times the federally allowable limit of the chemical phthalate, also known as DEHP. The Fashion Doll contained 24.60% of DEHP, well above the federal limit 0.10%.

The state agency said 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 component.

The agency said hazards in children’s products are often latent and not known until someone is hurt. Accordingly, the DCP urges consumers to follow simple safety tips when shopping to best ensure the toys purchased are safe for children:

Always purchase age-appropriate toys.

Read labels carefully and take note of all warnings.

Keep toys in good condition and dispose of broken toys or repair them right away.

Make sure any fabric toys are labeled as flame-resistant or flame-retardant.

Consumers who identify a recalled product in the marketplace or who require more information about toy safety and recalls may call the Consumer Assistance Hotline: 1-800-697-1220. Consumer complaints can be filed at any time at www.dos.ny.gov/consumerprotection. The Division can also be reached via Twitter at @NYSConsumer or Facebook at www.facebook.com/nysconsum

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