November 3, 2015
Almost half of the children’s finger paints examined the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) does not meet the safety requirements. Some products did not meet the chemical requirements, while others lacked the important safety information. The NVWA has prohibited the sale of the non-compliant finger paints.
NVWA examined 29 different finger paint products. Of these, 5 do not meet the chemical requirements specified in the European Union Toy Safety Directive (2009/48/EC). In most of these cases, the NVWA found high concentrations of substances that can make children susceptible to allergies. In addition, 11 product labels do not include information on the preservatives that children with allergies are sensitive to, or can develop a sensitivity to.
The NVWA calls on parents to check the list of brands and part numbers of the examined finger paints on its website. The webpage also provides instructions and recommendations what to do when paints their children use do not comply with the safety requirements.
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