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Monday, November 17, 2008

BALLOONS : Product recall in Germany

We had already mentionned how dangerous so-called "Magic balloons" can be from a chemical point of view, but we were surprised that Toy's R US was still selling it.
But recently in Germany, a Magic Balloon product called "Formbare Ballons aus der Tube – Pâte à Ballons" has been recently recalled.The product is composed of 3 metal tubes containing coloured viscous balloon paste and a small plastic blow pipe to help children blowing their own "plastic ballons".Because of the viscousity of the paste, the blown balloons can stay inflated for a long time. The product poses a chemical risk because the content of benzene in the free state is 45.6 mg/kg in the red balloon paste and 37.6 mg/kg in the blue balloon paste, which is 7 to 9 times more than the maximum permitted. The product does not comply with the Chemical Restrictions Directive 76/769/EEC. The manufacturer made a voluntary withdrawal from the market.

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