A leading UK toy chain, The Entertainer has taken loom bands charms off its shelves after they were found to contain potentially harmful chemicals in the PVC.
The loom band charm toys which have become a global craze could contain phthalates, which can be potentially hazardous to children. The phthalates chemicals which are often used to soften plastic have been banned in toy production on sale in the European Union for several years.
The loom band craze shows no sign of slowing down and they are literally available everywhere. Famous celebrities and even royalty have been seen wearing them which has helped fuel the latest craze.
Although the safety scare is for a select number of PVC loom charms – could this have an effect on the sale of the actual loom bands themselves?
Meanwhile Character Options has today confirmed the safety of its Cra-Z-loom branded loom bands product lines in a statement – see below.
The Managing Director of Character Options, Joe Kissane said: “We would like to advise everyone that all products within our Cra-z-Loom range are safe and should not be confused with those products that have been highlighted recently in the media”.
“We can confirm that the Cra-Z-Loom Bracelet maker, the Cra-z-Loom refill packs and indeed the entire Shimmer and Sparkle portfolio have passed European Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 (REACH) Annex XVII (and amendments) that dictate the non-use of Phthalates in toys and other products.
In addition to their own due diligence, Character Options Limited have randomly independent lab tests completed and can confirm all the tests are in place and the products have passed on every occasion.
He went on to say “Character Options gives the safety of its products the highest priority and as the market leader of this type of product in the UK we can confirm the absolute quality of Cra-Z-Loom brand.”
Watch the video below to see the Shimmer and Sparkle and Cra-Z-Loom range of products filmed at The London Toy Fair 2014.