Banned flame retardants found in imported toys

Exports of waste containing banned flame retardants have returned to the UK in recycled plastic toys from China

The Rubik's Cube-style toy contained banned substances. Photograph: CHEMTrustAn imitation Rubik’s Cube sold in bargain stores in the UK has been found to contain significant amounts of banned flame retardants.

Tests conducted earlier this year as part of an investigation by chemical campaign network IPEN found that three ‘Magic Cube' toys contained octaBDE, a commercial mixture of hexabromodiphenyl ether and heptabromodiphenyl ether. It was present in concentrations between 36 and 201 parts per million.

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