Pet toys pose choking hazard, lack proper labeling


Taipei, March 30 (CNA) More than half of the 26 randomly selected pet toys sold in Taipei and New Taipei are improperly labeled, while seven pose a choking hazard, Consumers said on Tuesday. ‘Foundation urging the government to set standards for pet toys. .

To get a feel for the safety of pet toys, which are not regulated by specific laws in Taiwan, the foundation randomly selected 26 pet toys, including rubber balls, cat chopsticks and dental chew toys, in several pet stores in December to inspect.

The toys were examined to see if they complied with the Product Labeling Law as well as Taiwan’s National Standards for the Safety of Toys and Children’s Products, said Terry Huang (黃 怡 騰), chairman of the Consumers’ Foundation, at a press conference.

The foundation found that of the 26 pet toys, 16 did not correctly identify the toy name and product materials or did not indicate when, where and by what company it was made.

This included five toys that had no labeling, the foundation said in its report.

Under the Commodity Labeling Act, local governments must notify manufacturers when they fail to label their products correctly and set a deadline for manufacturers to correct the problem. Failure to do so can result in repeated fines ranging from NT $ 20,000 (US $ 694) to NT $ 200,000.

Seven toys also presented a choking hazard, according to the report, while one bone-shaped toy contained excessive amounts of plasticizers.

Almost a quarter of the toy’s composition (22.9%) was diisononyl phthalate (DINP), well above the national standard for children’s toys, which allows no more than 0.1% concentration of eight types of plasticizers combined, according to the report.

Huang said a similar report produced by the foundation in 2016 found that only 12% (three of 25) of pet toys had proper labeling, compared to 38.5% (10 of 26) in the new report. .

This shows that manufacturers of pet toys are still unfamiliar with the labeling regulations, which should be improved immediately, Huang said.

Huang also called on the government to set standards for pet toys, as statistics show the number of pets in Taiwan could reach a record 3 million this year.

For consumers, the foundation advises choosing the right size toys for their pets to avoid suffocation and to stop using toys when they start to fall apart.

(By Wu Hsin-yun and Chiang Yi-ching)

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