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Spoilsports! Chemicals of concern in toys

WECF France and WECF the Netherlands organise Toys Events in November

19.10.2011 |Chantal van den Bossche




Testing of toys, November 10, at Alleato in Utrecht

WECF France organizes a toys testing action on 16th November in Paris.


Toys should not contain chemicals of concern that can be harmful to children’s health. To investigate the presence of brominated flame retardants, formaldehyde, benzene and other chemicals of concern in toys, WECF France organizes a toys testing action on November 16th in Paris. Parents, children and all people willing to participate are invited to bring their toys and have them tested. Raising concerns about electromagnetic fields in toys will also be addressed.  The event is organized with the support of Quad-Lab laboratory.

The invitation can be found here



WECF the Netherlands organises the First Dutch Ever Toys Convention on November 10 in Utrecht

Heavy metals in children's jewelry pieces and wooden pizza; banned phthalates in children's painting aprons. These are the results of a toy test by WECF the Netherlands and of which the (preliminary) results will be announced shortly. As parents, we unfortunately cannot naturally assume that the toys our children play with are healthy and safe for them. Despite the new European Toys Safety Directive cmany toys still contain harmful substances. To raise awareness of this fact WECF will organise on Thursday, November 10, 2011 the first ever Dutch Toy Convention.

The convention will be an informative and interactive afternoon attended by (concerned) parents, toy manufacturers, retailers, politicians, childcare workers, etc. In short, stakeholders, just like you

Speakers and audience will collectively prepare  questions and statements which national and European parlementarians can take with them.  During the convention everyone is invited to bring their toys and have them tested.

The invitation of the convention can be found here

Toys should not contain chemicals of concern that can be harmful to children’s health. To investigate the presence of brominated flame retardants, formaldehyde, benzene and other chemicals of concern in toys,

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