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LOOM BANNED; Cancer-risk charms taken off shelves.

Byline: MARTIN FRICKER

CHARMS that kids fasten to loom bands were taken off toy shop shelves yesterday as they contained toxic levels of cancer-causing chemicals.

Investigators found unsafe quantities of phthalates in a pack of the coloured accessories from a branch of independent toy chain The Entertainer in Birmingham.

The Entertainer said in a statement that the charms had ndn now been withdrawn from its 91 nationwide stores.

"Children's safety is our priority so we have removed all loom is o have charms from sale while we conduct a full investigation," it said. "Concerned customers will be offered a full refund."

One white and yellow charm tested for the BBC Midlands Today team had more than 400 times the 0.1% allowed under EU rules. Phthalates make plastic pliable but can get into the body and cause cancer. Loom bands contain safe levels - but batches of charms from the Far East with high-levels have been seized.

The toxic charms were supplied by Manchester-based RMS International. A spokesman said: "We have suspended delivery and further shipments of any item containing a PVC charm."

martin.fricker@mirror.co.uk

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Date:Aug 30, 2014
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