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Poisonous chemical found in toy dolls linked to cancer

A new warning has been issued over dolls containing a poisonous chemical which can cause cancer, deformities in unborn babies and infertility in men on sale in shops in the Midlands.

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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.

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