FAKE RAINBOW LOOM PRODUCTS HAVE BEEN PULLED FROM THE MARKET BECAUSE THEY ARE CARCINOGENIC
Loom band charms taken off toy store shelves over cancer fears. Wondering if this is Fact or Fiction, it was posted on Facebook?? Please help, my daughter has one. Should i throw it out?
Origins: In late August 2014, emails began to circulate regarding the popular fad known as “loom bands” in the UK, or “rainbow looms” in the US. The arts and crafts toy was hugely popular earlier in 2014; and although the initial frenzy has subsided, rainbow loom bands are still widely used by tweens.
Given the serious nature of the claim circulating, many parents have sought clarification about the rainbow loom bands cancer scare.
Fake loom band charms taken off toy store shelves over cancer fears
As is often the case when a warning such as the rainbow loom bands one surfaces, the actual details quickly became lost in the cacophony of rising concern. Parents scrambled to find out whether their children’s loom band kits indeed contained potential carcinogens and, if so, how grave a danger was presented by the toys.
Currently, British retailer The Entertainer has pulled loom band charms from its shelves pending further testing. It was revealed that rainbow loom charms made by companies other than Rainbow Loom brand contained as much as 40 percent by weight levels of phthalates, far higher than the 0.1 percent allowable by law in both the UK and the US.
On 29 August 2014, The Entertainer released a statement confirming that rainbow loom band charms had been pulled from stores. Testing is currently underway on rainbow loom accessories to determine whether they contain levels of phthalates reported in the initial tests:
At The Entertainer, children’s safety is our number one priority so as a precautionary measure we have removed all loom charms from sale with immediate effect whilst we conduct a full investigation.
Any concerned customers will be offered a full refund or exchange in any of our stores.
violating patent and trademark laws and deliberately smuggling fake
products into various countries; they are unlikely to have any concern
about the safety of our children, therefore, will use the cheapest
industrial by-products that do not meet toys safety standards, as
demonstrated in the reports by UK investigators. Choon’s Design LLC, the
maker of the original Rainbow Loom®, has stated that all authentic
Rainbow Loom® products have been tested to meet international toy safety
standards and do not contain harmful phthalates and other potentially
harmful substances. The safest way to avoid buying a counterfeit is to
order the original from their online store
http://www.rainbowloom.com/products or an authorized retailer.
It should be noted that phthalates were found in off-brand rainbow loom band charms, and that the Rainbow Loom branded items appear to be safe.