Health Canada has announced a recall of phthalate-contaminated bath toys brought into the country by Dollar Novelty Imports.
For 2 years the brightly colored fish were sold to Canadian families but tests ordered by Health Canada have found levels of the phthalate Di(2-ethylhexyl) Phthalate, or DEHP, exceeding the legal limit in the toys.
Phthalates are chemicals to used soften other materials, making, in this case, toys that are softer, more flexible and longer lasting than bath toys made without them. But their use is controversial. Multiple studies have linked exposure to certain phthalates to hormone disorders and even birth defects. The phthalate found in the recalled toys is of concern because of its ability to delay puberty and reduce testosterone production, among other problems.
Health Canada estimates that more than 700 packages of contaminated toys were sold between November 2015 and November 2017. There have been no reported cases of any children being injured or sicken by the toys but DEHP is known to be absorbed from toys if the toys are sucked or chewed on for extended periods.
If you think you might have any of the recalled toys in your home you’re urged to remove them and either throw them out or return them to Dollar Novelty Imports, where you will be given a refund.