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Bookshop chain fined for selling toxic toys

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The chain store, Norli Libris, has received a fine of 400,000 for selling children’s toys with illegally high levels of a toxic substance.

Between October 2014 and March 2015, the bookseller sold a chain pendant with the popular game ‘loombands.’ The pendants contained illegally high levels of the toxic phthalate DEHP, according to the newspaper VG.

‘Phthalates DEHP, which was found in the product, can, in large quantities, impair fertility and the unborn child’, said the chief public prosecutor, Hans Tore Høviskeland, in Økokrim.

In addition to the fine, the chain had confiscated 49,296 of the goods they traded.

‘It is a very tedious matter that we take very seriously. We have accepted the fine, although we believe it is strict’, said Norli Libris AS marketing director, Kim-Are Andersen.

He said that for the products in question, test reports were obtained in advance of the purchase (which indicated that they were legal), but that the reports were not complete.

‘We tightened procedures immediately after the incident came to light’, said Anderson.


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today

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