Fruit head dolls that contain chemicals, which can cause serious health problems if swallowed, have again been found on sale at markets and car boots across the Midlands.
Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards is asking parents and carers to check children’s toy boxes now Christmas is over, and throw away these potentially cancer causing toys. Retailers are also being asked to check their stocks, and remove from sale any fruit head dolls they find.
Warwickshire Trading Standards have also been dealing with, and disposing of, dolls that were purchased abroad and brought into the UK as holiday gifts.
Janet Faulkner, Head of Warwickshire Trading Standards said: “These dolls, which have been the subject of an international recall, contain phthalates, a chemical which could cause infertility in men, cancer and birth defects if consumed.”
“As young children tend to bite and chew toys, these chemicals are of particular concern when used in toys.”
“Don’t take any risks, make sure that your child is not playing with these fruit head dolls.”
These dolls are typically found on sale at markets, pop-up shops, street traders and cheaper independent shops. There are also being sold widely outside the UK. The dolls have heads shaped like strawberries, apples, blackcurrants, pineapples and tomatoes.
There are also concerns over dolls that are of a similar soft style wearing animal outfits or in a “crawling” pose wearing polka dot dresses.
Parents and carers who may have recently purchased these dolls are being advised to notify Citizens Advice Consumer Services on 08454 04 05 06 giving details of where and when they were purchased and officers can make sure they are removed from sale.
Customers can take them back to the outlet from where they were purchased for a refund, but if the trader is no longer there, then unfortunately the customer will not be able to pursue this course of action.