SBC monitoring loom band charm scare

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Scottish Borders Council says it is keeping an eye on the scare over cancer-causing chemicals being found in fake loom band charms.

Toy retailer The Entertainer last week withdrew loom band charms from sale after they were found to contain high levels of cancer-causing chemicals.

Tests showed one charm contained 40 per cent of phthalates, a chemical used to make plastic flexible, with EU law stating 0.1% is the legal limit. The packets bore the CE stamp indicating they were within European safety law.

The American craze for making loom band bracelets is hugely popular in the Borders.

The toy consists of tiny coloured rubber bands that youngsters can use their fingers or a plastic ‘loom’ to turn into bracelets and necklaces to which charms can be added.

However, SBC says it has not received any requests in the form of product recalls or been required to visit any local retail outlets.

“This may be because the manufacturer in question does not have any outlets in Scotland or has already instigated a product recall targeted directly at its buyers,” an SBC spokesperson told us.

“Nor have any test purchasing exercises been carried out as there are no known manufacturers here.

“We will continue to monitor the situation and should any notifications be received, will respond promptly and appropriately.”