Hamleys has pulled out a toy slime product off of its shelves, after a wider test by consumer group Which discovered that several products had failed the safety tests for containing high levels of boron.
The Frootiputti slime is made by Goodbands and sold by Hamleys. It contained more than four times that of the limit of the European Union for boron levels. The group said that exposure to excessive levels of boron could lead to infertility and cause harm to pregnant women.
Other retailers in the United Kingdom were also named in the study for selling products with unsafe levels of boron, including that of Argos, eBay and Amazon.
Nikki Stopford, the Which director of research and publishing: “Parents should have confidence that the products that they buy for their children will be safe, but our latest investigation has uncovered harmful products being sold even by big retailers.”
She added: “Again, we’re calling on manufacturers to stop making unsafe products, and for the government and retailers to step up and do a much better job of ensuring only safe products get into people’s homes and into the hands of children.”
Hamleys said that it has removed all of the Goobands Frootiputti products from its stores as a precautionary measure, while it examines the matter further.
The store continued: “Ensuring the safety and trust of our customers is one of our core values as a business, and we will never compromise on the safety of our products. We work closely with our suppliers and manufacturers to ensure all products meet the legal standards for toy safety,”
Keycraft Global owns the makers of Frootiputti. She has disagreed with the categorisation of Which and if the product aA slime. it argued, however, It is instead a putty, which is allowed to contain significantly higher levels of boron.
In a statement to Which, it stated: “This product has been tested at two separate independent globally accredited testing houses and deemed to be a ‘putty’, not a slime, and therefore compliant with the relevant standards.”
Slime has been one of the biggest toy crazes this year among kids. The tour uses the mineral chemical borax which contains boron, in order to create its stickiness.
Which also warned that all of the slime and putty products that it tested had carried the CE safety certification, thus indicating that many of products were being described as safe despite infringing the safety laws of the European Union.
Amazon informed the consumer group that it has also stopped selling the products that are investigated by Which, while Argos said that it would be exploring the matter further.