Store pulls direct-to-mouth PVC toys

Toys 'R' Us, a world-wide seller of toys, has announced it will have all direct-to-mouth toys that contain phthalates removed from its store shelves.

The decision came just one day after the National Environmental Trust, a non-profit environmental organisation, released test results showing that 33 common soft plastic children’s toys — seven of which could be purchased at Toys ‘R’ Us — contained high levels of the chemical.

The voluntary ban covers toys that are designed to be chewed, such as teethers or rattles, but does not cover other toys that are likely to be chewed but not specifically designed to be put in the mouth.

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