Fruit head dollDangerous chemicals that could cause cancer, deformities in unborn babies and infertility in men, have been found in dolls for sale in Gillingham. The fruit-head dolls – featuring, among strawberry, apple, tomato and blackcurrant heads – were subject to a Europe-wide recall notice because they contain Phthalates. The toys fail to comply with the regulations on toy safety. Phthalates are banned in children’s toys and can be dangerous if ingested. The ‘fruit-head’ dolls have been found to contain the chemical phthalates. This is particularly hazardous in toys with small parts.

The shop concerned is subject to an on-going investigation and potentially faces offences under the Toys Safety Regulations, and a fine up to £5,000 and/or a term of imprisonment up to six months. Mike O’Brien, Medway Council Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Customer Contact said: “These very bright and attractive looking toys cost £10 and may have been purchased for local children. However, they are subject to a Europe-wide recall notice because of the chemicals they contain. “Obviously we want to keep our young children safe and I would ask anyone who has bought one of these toys to take it away from their child and notify the Trading Standards service.

“Additionally, I would urge any shopkeepers who still have the products in stock to return them to their suppliers, citing the Europe-wide recall notice.” For more advice on this contact the national consumer helpline on 08454 04 05 06.