Dolls contain chemicals that may cause cancer

Banned Fruit Head dolls found being sold in Kent

Dangerous ‘fruit head’ dolls containing chemicals that may cause cancer and deformities in unborn babies have been found being sold on a market stall in Medway, Kent.

The dolls, which have strawberry, apple, tomato or blackcurrant-shaped heads, have since been seized as they are banned from Europe because they contain phthalates which can cause infertility in men.

Ian Gilmore, of Medway Council Trading Standards, told the BBC that tests on four of the dolls were positive for the chemical.

"They’re a continual problem, especially at Christmas, because the dolls represent quite an attractive gift," said Gilmore.

He urged retailers selling the dolls to remove them, and for shoppers to avoid buying them.

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