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Concerns over 'potentially lethal' poisonous dolls

One of the potentially lethal dolls seized by Trading Standards Credit: Sandwell Council

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Dolls containing a poisonous chemical which can cause cancer, deformities in unborn babies and infertility in men have been found on sale in shops in the West Midlands.

Sandwell Trading Standards has received six complaints about the dolls which are imported from China. One complaint was from a mother who said her child became ill after playing with one of the dolls.

There are several designs of dolls affected, such as crawling dolls with a polka dot dress, baby dolls with a picture of an animals head on the dress and 'fruit-head' dolls, all are subject to a Europe-wide product recall.

The potentially lethal chemical contained in the dolls is phthalates, a chemical used to soften plastics.

Most of the dolls do not have a CE marking, used to prove the toy meets European safety regulations.

Councillor Ian Jones said the dolls were "potentially lethal for children" and urges anyone who has purchased a doll to return them immediately for a refund.

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Fresh warnings have been issued over dolls containing a poisonous chemical which can cause cancer, deformities in unborn babies and infertility in men found to be on sale in shops in the West Midlands.

Solihull Trading Standards says it has received a complaint from a concerned member of the public.

A teddy bear outfit can be found on one of the dolls

Earlier this month Sandwell Trading Standards ceased many of the dolls from shops and markets in the Midlands and issued warnings to people.

All of the dolls are subject to a Europe wide recall

There are several designs of affected dolls, including a crawling doll with a polka dot dress, a baby doll that comes in eight different outfits and four 'fruit-head' dolls each with a head shaped like a different type of fruit. All are subject to a Europe-wide product recall.

Many of the dolls were found on sale on markets in the Midlands before Christmas

The potentially lethal chemical contained in the dolls is DEHP, a phthalate, which is used to soften plastics.

Most of the dolls do not have a CE marking, used to prove the toy meets European safety regulations.

Many of the dolls have fake safety labels

Earlier this month Sandwell Trading Standards Manager Bob Charnley said:

"Dolls should have a CE mark on them to prove that they have been properly checked and comply with legislation.

"However, some have fake CE labelling on them. Anyone concerned should contact trading standards where the dolls can be thoroughly checked."

Concerned consumers are being advised to contact Trading Standards

Advice given to consumers over dangerous dolls

An unknown number of dolls are on sale across the Midlands that are 'potentially lethal' to children say Trading Standards.

The dolls contain a poisonous chemical called phthalates which is used to soften plastics. It can cause cancer, deformaties in unborn babies and infertility in men.

Trading Standards say all toys should have a CE mark on them which shows the toy complies with European standards. However, in this case some of the dolls do have this marking but Bob Charnley from Trading Standards says these too may be fake.

"The advice we are giving to consumers is if you have one of these dolls it is difficult to tell if the CE mark is genuine so contact the Trading Standards who will be able to look at the toy and tell you if it is safe."

– Bob Charnley, Trading Standards

There is a Europe-wide recall on the toys which come in a variety of designs. People who have one of the dolls are urged to return them immediately for a refund.

If a doll does have a CE mark people can call Trading Standards on 0845 404 0506 for advice.

Pictures show range of 'potentially lethal' dolls on sale

Many of the dolls do not have CE markings to prove that safety regulations have been met Credit: Sandwell Council

Dolls containing a poisonous chemical which can cause cancer, deformities in unborn babies and infertility in men have been found on sale in shops in the West Midlands.

A distinctive animal can be found on the front of some of the dolls Credit: Sandwell Council

Sandwell Trading Standards has received six complaints about the dolls which are imported from China. One complaint was from a mother who said her child became ill after playing with one of the dolls.

The dolls were manufactured in China Credit: Sandwell Council

There are several designs of dolls affected, such as crawling dolls with a polka dot dress, baby dolls with a picture of an animals head on the dress and 'fruit-head' dolls, all are subject to a Europe-wide product recall.

Trading Standards advise people to return the dolls and request a refund Credit: Sandwell Council

The potentially lethal chemical contained in the dolls is phthalates, a chemical used to soften plastics.

Most of the dolls do not have a CE marking, used to prove the toy meets European safety regulations.

Some of the dolls are fruit themed Credit: Sandwell Council

Councillor Ian Jones said the dolls were "potentially lethal for children" and urges anyone who has purchased a doll to return them immediately for a refund.

Trading Standards say dolls should have a CE mark however even if they do this could also be 'fake' Credit: Sandwell Council

Sandwell Trading Standards Manager Bob Charnley said: "Dolls should have a CE mark on them to prove that they have been properly checked and comply with legislation.

"However, some have fake CE labelling on them. Anyone concerned should contact trading standards where the dolls can be thoroughly checked."

Another doll with a distinctive image of a teddy on the front of its chest Credit: Sandwell Council

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Warnings over 'potentially lethal' poisonous dolls

One of the potentially lethal dolls seized by Trading Standards Credit: Sandwell Council

The following article was first published on our website more than 11 months ago and is being widely shared at the moment.

If you think you have bought one of these dolls, or seen them on sale, contact our newsdesk: centralnews@itv.com with a contact name and number and say where you you bought it or saw them on sale.

Dolls containing a poisonous chemical which can cause cancer, deformities in unborn babies and infertility in men have been found on sale in shops in the West Midlands.

Sandwell Trading Standards has received six complaints about the dolls which are imported from China. One complaint was from a mother who said her child became ill after playing with one of the dolls.

There are several designs of dolls affected, such as crawling dolls with a polka dot dress, baby dolls with a picture of an animals head on the dress and 'fruit-head' dolls, all are subject to a Europe-wide product recall.

The potentially lethal chemical contained in the dolls is phthalates, a chemical used to soften plastics.

Most of the dolls do not have a CE marking, used to prove the toy meets European safety regulations.

Councillor Ian Jones said the dolls were "potentially lethal for children" and urges anyone who has purchased a doll to return them immediately for a refund.

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