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Parents, you need to know about the safety warning over slime toys

Prima (UK) logo Prima (UK) 17/07/2018 Katie Frost

It's no secret that kids love slime. The craze for the gooey toy shows no signs of slowing, but safety concerns over the stretchy play material continue to be raised. A year after it was reported that several children suffered horrific injuries after making slime, parents are now being about potentially toxic levels of chemicals in the toy.: Safety warning issued over slime toys © Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc Safety warning issued over slime toys It's no secret that kids love slime. The craze for the gooey toy shows no signs of slowing, but safety concerns over the stretchy play material continue to be raised.

A year after it was reported that several children suffered horrific injuries after making slime, parents are now being about potentially toxic levels of chemicals in the toy.

Consumer group Which? tested 11 popular children's slime products and found eight of them contained higher than recommended levels of boron, the ingredient that helps to create stickiness. 

Exposure to excessive levels of the element can cause irritation, diarrhoea, vomiting and cramps in the short term. According to the European Commission, exposure to very high levels of the element may also impair fertility and could cause harm to an unborn child in pregnant women.

A European Union safety directive states that liquid or sticky toys should contain no more than 300mg/kg of boron. But the worst product tested, Toysmith Jupiter Juice, had more than four times the permitted level of the chemical. This was followed by CCINEE Pink Fluffy Slime, which contains 1000mg/kg, and Cosoro Dodolu Crystal Slime Magic Clay, which contains 980mg/kg.

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HGL Goopy Slime, sold at The Works, Glam Goo's Deluxe Pack, sold at Smyths, and Planet Slime Shop’s Hulk Green Halloween Slime, from Amazon, fell within the safe limits.

Which? said that all eight products that failed were purchased on Amazon, but these products have now been removed from the website.

'All Marketplace sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who don’t will be subject to action including potential removal of their account,' a spokesperson for Amazon said in response. 'The products in question are no longer available.'

The findings have now been passed on to thee Office for Product Safety and Standards and Which? is advising parents to approach all slime with caution, particularly as many products have minimal safety labelling.

Slime © Getty Images Slime 'Parents buying slime for their children should have peace of mind that these toys are safe, so they will be shocked to find that the health of their children could be put at risk by these slimes,' Nikki Stopford, Director of Research and Publishing at Which?, said.

'There must be fundamental changes to the product safety system. Manufacturers must stop making unsafe products and the government and retailers simply have to do a far better job of getting anything identified as a risk off the shelves and out of people’s homes'.

Making homemade slime has become a popular alternative, with borax-free recipes requiring parents to use clear PVA glue, glitter, water and salt only. While this might impress your children, it's worth noting that borax could be hidden in some ingredients listed for slime, and often recipes don’t include the quantities that need to be added.

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