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Thursday, December 13, 2012
Watchdogs have warned that dangerous dolls which young children could choke on could be on sale at markets across Norfolk.
Norfolk County Council Trading Standards Officers urged people not to buy the counterfeit Chinese dolls in the run-up to Christmas because they could be a safety risk to children.
Trading Standards officers elsewhere in the country recently seized the remaining stock from the UK distributor that was importing the dolls, which are alleged to be legitimate Chinese ‘Xin Ming Yue’ dolls.
But Norfolk’s Trading Standards Officers have been told up to 300 have been sold to an unnamed Norfolk market trader.
Their poor quality has led to stuffing easily coming out, hair on some models coming away easily and also detachable decorations doing the same – all of which present a choking risk to children.
The dolls are packaged in unbranded plastic bags.
Norfolk County Council Trading Standards always advise parents buying toys for children to buy properly packaged toys and to look for the CE Mark on the packaging.
The Lion Mark, which is also found on some packaging, should mean it is made by a member of the British Toy and Hobby Association and shows that it meets current safety standards and that the age rating is the safe age for the child to use the toy.
They said people should also look out for any warning information, which will explain how the toy can safely be enjoyed.
Norfolk’s Trading Standards Officers will be keeping an eye out for the dolls whilst visiting market locations in Norfolk.
Members of the public are urged not to buy the dolls and to throw them away if they have already bought one.
If anyone sees them on sale in the county, people should report them to Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 08454 04 05 06.