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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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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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