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Toxic fruit-head dolls seized from Gillingham market stall by Medway Council trading standards officers

16 December 2013
by Nicola Jordan

Dangerous dolls were found for sale in Gillingham

Dangerous dolls were found for sale in Gillingham

Toxic toys banned across Europe have been seized from a market stall in Gillingham.

Fruit-head dolls - containing a chemical that can cause cancer, deformity in unborn babies and infertility in men - have been confiscated by trading standards officers.

Traders, who might have bought them in good faith, could face up to six months in prison and a fine of up to £5,000 if convicted of breaching toy safety rules.

The brightly-coloured toys - which feature apple, blackberry, pineapple, strawberry and tomato-shaped heads - were subject to a Europe-wide recall two years ago.

They were found to contain the chemical phthalates, used to soften plastic, which can be dangerous if eaten.

Cllr Peter Hicks, in charge of community safety at Medway Council, said: "Children are particularly vulnerable at Christmas. These dolls were selling cheap and would appear to be an attractive present.

"I urge anyone who has bought one to keep it away from children and tell our trading standards service immediately.

"At the same time, any Medway business that may still have them should return them to their suppliers, citing the Europe-wide recall."

Earlier in the year, two concerned mothers reported a shop was found selling them in Gillingham. 

Michelle Rossiter's daughter Darcy was given one of them by her grandparents. Michelle said at the time: "It is quite frightening to think that it can cause cancer."

For advice, phone 08454 04 05 06.

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