The labour inspection department has started to withdraw products which contain a high concentration of phthalates from the market.
Products containing these hazardous chemicals have been found in toys and childcare articles by a laboratory analysis of the state laboratory.
The labour inspection department carried out the tests on samples from the local market, implementing the 2010 chemicals law which states that plastic toys and baby products should not contain more than 0.1 per cent of certain types of phthalates.
Human studies have found relationship between phthalates and asthma. There are also studies examining whether phthalates influence the timing of puberty or the risk for childhood obesity.
The labour inspection department asks the general public to inform the labour inspection department at 22405637, 22405611 and 22405609 should they identify the following products in the Cypriot market:
Dolls named “Novi Stars”, “Magic Girl”, “Lady Pink- Century Belle”, “Angel”, “My delicate”, “My baby”, “The beautiful Girl”, “Beautiful Girl” and “Monster Girls”, soft balls called “Sports Toys”, the game “Weapon”, and Spiderman Stickers with the code 5204549016934, all manufactured in China.