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Alarm raised over dangerous children’s products (PICTURES)

A series of products aimed at children including toys, stationery and clothing have been declared dangerous by the Commerce Ministry’s Consumer Protection Service.

According to an official announcement on Tuesday, the products including the Bionicle building figures and Need Knights building toys both imported from China by D. Leontiou Sports Ltd and sold at L&G Shopping Center in Protaras.

Also on the list are Winner High Simulation Flash Gun imported from China by Jsp Day To Day Ltd and sold at Common Market  in Ayia Napa, soft toys including a dog wearing glasses and a pig, both imported from China and sold at Sunshine in Protaras.

In all cases except for the Flash Gun–which poses a potential threat to eyesight–the toys were cited for not undergoing conformity assessments confirming their safety.

When it came to clothing listed as being dangerous were Georgio track suits for children sold at Athienites in Larnaca a Looney Tunes bikini sold at Super Discount Store, also in Larnaca. In both cases, there was concern over the ties in the vicinity of a young wearer’s throat.

In connection to the stationary, Kiko Reprolit coloured pencils in a pencil case, a set of watercolours representing the numbers one to six, Liberty oil pastels, Holographic Pencils, Kids Create 12 Glitter Pencils, Ki-Ko coloured pencils, Foiled Pencils, Looney Tunes pencils, and a stationary set depicting a frog on a bicycle were cited for not undergoing conformity assessments confirming their safety. All the products, imported from China, Taiwan and the UK, were being sold at Tofarides Bookshop in Larnaca.

Visit www.consumer.gov.cy  or www.ec.europa.eu/rapex for regular updates on potentially dangerous products in Cyprus and the rest of the EU.

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