The Market Surveillance Directorate within the Technical Regulations Division of the Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority (MCCAA) has tested a number of slime toys on the local market as part of a joint action of the CASP 2019 Project, financed by the European Commission.
Results have shown that the ‘DIY Slime’ toy, (see photos attached) pose a serious risk to users.
The ‘DIY Slime’ is not compliant with the applicable standard (EN 71-3:2013+A3:2018) since it contains very high levels of the harmful substance named ‘Boron’. The quantity of boron present in the toy exceeds the allowable limit and categorises the product as serious risk. Ingestion or contact with an excessive quantity of boron may harm the health of children by damaging their reproductive system.
The MCCAA is in contact with the local importer to recall the product and withdraw it from local retailers. Consumers who had bought this product should refrain from using it and return it to the retailer from where they bought it. Retailers are obliged to redress consumers returning these products according to law.