The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently released a public health warning against the purchase of 10 toys and a pacifier and a teether. The products listed have not gone through the verification process of the agency and have not been issued the proper authorization. This means the FDA cannot guarantee their quality and safety.
The products, listed below, may pose potential hazards, which may come from the products’ materials including chemicals that may cause adverse reactions:
Toy Duck (with the label in a foreign language)
Kiss Family Peppa Pig 6-in-1 Doll
Lian Tai Collect All Dinosaur Dino
Intex Beach Ball
Justice Fighter Toy Robot
Shooter Fires Foam Darts
Speed Champions Jixa
Avengers 2 Age of Ultron
Toys Toy Car
Military - Cool Military Vehicles Series
Sesame Street Sesame Beginnings 2 Pack Pacifier with Pacifier Case
Below are screenshots of the notice, which includes photos of the toys and childcare products. We've noticed all of the products have no listed local distribution company. A few of the products certainly look familiar, particularly the beach ball (#4), pacifier (#11) and teether (#12).
To ensure that the toys you purchase for your child are safe, the FDA advised using the search feature on their website found at the upper right corner (click here to go to the website). Since babies and toddlers like to place objects in their mouths, parents should be wary about small parts and exposure to hazardous chemicals especially lead, which may be found in the paint finish of toys.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), high levels of lead exposure in children can impair their brain and central nervous system, causing a coma, convulsions, and even death. There is no known safe level of lead exposure, says WHO, and “the neurological and behavioral effects of lead are believed to be irreversible.”
“Although there are several exposure sources (including jewelry and stained glass), lead-based paint is the most widespread and dangerous high-dose source of lead exposure for young children,” says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
When buying toys, always check the packaging. As a good measure, be wary of painted wooden toys unless it is certified that the paint used is lead-free and non-toxic.