Parents should be on the lookout for potentially toxic levels of chemicals in today’s popular slime toys for children.
The consumer group Which? tested 11 popular products on the market, and discovered eight of them that had high levels of boron. The chemical is an element in borax, which is commonly used in slime products to create that stickiness.
Exposure to excessive levels of boron can lead to irritation, diarrhea, vomiting, and cramps.
Which? director of research Nikki Stopford said: “If you have school-age kids, you’re probably very well aware of the latest slime craze sweeping the playgrounds. Kids love it.
“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.
“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”.
The products found with above the recommended 300mg/kg level of boron:
- Jupiter Juice (pink) by Toysmith
- Fluffy Slime (pink) by CCINEE
- Crystal Slime Magic Clay (pink) by Cosoro Dodolu
- Mini Bucket Putty (green) by Baker Ross
- Slime Toy (purple) by iBase Toy
- Fluffy Slime (blue) by LOYO
- Brezeh Free Slime Toy (orange) by Brezeh
- My Fluffy Slime (green) by Virtuotrade
All of them are available through Amazon.
And if you’re thinking of just making your own homebrewed slime, you should be extra cautious: common ingredients for slime, like lens solution still contains borax, plus most slime recipes don’t list the quantities that are deemed safe for kid-friendly slime.
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