POPULAR children’s toys called “squishies” have been banned in Denmark after tests found they contained harmful chemicals. If children inhale these hazardous substances it could cause them breathing problems, and in the long-term can cause fertility and liver damage. The chemical substances also act as cancer causing carcinogens and can irritate your eyes. The foam toys are similar to stress balls and are mostly imported from Japan. A number of different Japanese brands make the toys which tend to be shaped like food or animals. Now, Danish authorities have banned the sale of squishies over fears they could be harmful to children. The Danish Environmental Protection Agency tested 12 products and found that all of them could cause dangerous long and short-term health effects. While the report doesn’t name any specific chemicals, it warns that children who sleep with the toys next to them or have several in their bedroom are most at risk. Authorities began investigating the toys back in March after becoming suspicious of their chemical smells. “When all twelve toys [tested] contain high amounts of harmful substances, alarm bells begin to go off,” said Jakob Ellemann-Jensen, the Danish minister for environment and food. “This indicates that there… Read full this story
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