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500,000 Dollar Store Toys Recalled After Dangerous Chemicals Found

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Uh oh! This isn't good. Health Canada has issued a recall for over 500,000 toys sold at discount store Dollarama, after discovering that the toys contain higher levels of phthalates than is considered safe. The recall is for one specific toy, the Skip Ball. The recalled products were sold at Dollarama stores across Canada between January 2012 and July 2018. Items are recalled all the time, from toys to clothes to car seats, and lately, lots and lots of lettuce. But it's always scary to find out that a toy your child has been playing with poses a very real danger!

The Skip Ball is like the Skip-Its we played with back in the day. It's a pink plastic circle, which is attached to a cord and rubber ball.

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These particular toys were manufactured in China. The health agency has not received any complaints or reports of illness or injury in connection with the toy. However, they are concerned about the high levels of phthalates. Phthalates are six chemicals ((DEHP, DINP, DBP, BBP, DNOP and DIDP) that are found in plastic products. Exposure to the chemical can cause reproductive and developmental abnormalities in little kids when the plastic toys are sucked on or chewed for long periods of time. The use of phthalates in the manufacturing of children's toys and other baby products was actually restricted in Canada in 2010.

The recalled toys have product number 14-1401338, which is found on the packaging. Now, most people no longer have the packaging (especially if the recall affects products sold all the way back in 2012!). If you have this toy lying around your house bu aren't sure if the product numbers match, probably better to toss it. Better safe than sorry, right? Health Canada is advising parents or caregivers who have this toy at home to keep it away from children, throw them out, or return them to the store where it was purchased.

If you have questions about the recall, like how to tell if your toy is included, you can call Dollarama directly at 1-888-755-1006, extension 1000. This is one area where you don't want to take any chances!

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