H Grossman on slime safety: Which? has produced an ‘untrue allegation with no scientific support’

The consumer magazine Which? has been accused of publishing entirely untrue allegations without producing scientific support in its safety concerns over H Grossman’s Ghostbuster Slime by the market leading toy supplier.

Both H Grossman and the toy retailer Smyths have gone on record to rebuff claims made by Which? that the popular slime product exceeds the EU safety standard levels of the chemical boron.

The Ghostbusters Slime is among a number of brands to be named in the latest report from the consumer magazine, which follows initial findings from earlier this year that numerous slime products found on Amazon breached the safety regulations.

Boron is found in borax, a common ingredient in slime that helps to create its stickiness. The EU safety limit is 300mg/kg for slime and 12000mg/kg for putty.

Which?’s latest report suggests that Frootiputti, produced by Goobands and on sale in Hamleys has four times the permitted limit of the chemical for slime products and HGL’s Ghostbusters slime found in Smyths Toys Superstores exceeds the limit by three times.

However, both companies have informed Which? That their products are in fact putty and not slime, and therefore pass the EU standard.

H Grossman released a statement that refuted the claims made by Which?

“Consumers can see the reports from several independent accredited laboratories which confirm that this product is technically a ‘putty’ and that the levels of all elements are well within safety standards,” it read.

“It is regrettable that a consumer magazine has made an entirely untrue allegation without producing scientific support. H Grossman Ltd commissioned two laboratories to analyse the batch mentioned by Which?

“These were sent to the magazine and also to Trading Standards. The reports are also available to any interested person on request to H Grossman. H Grossman supplied these full reports to Which? Before publication.”

A similar response from Smyths, read: “Children’s safety is our first priority. Ghostbuster Slime was supplied to us by the UK distributor H Grossman Ltd who have provided us with test results from independent accredited laboratories.

“These indicate that the product is technically a ‘putty’ and that it is well within all safety standards.

Consumers have a right to be fully informed and to see that the highest safety standards are followed. The only solid information we have is the reports from reputable laboratories which indicate that such standards are being met. We understand that H Grossman Ltd will make these reports available to any interested persons.

About Robert Hutchins

Robert Hutchins is the editor of ToyNews and its sister title, Licensing.biz. He has worked his way from Staff Writer to Editor across the two titles, having spent almost eight years with both and what now seems like a lifetime surrounded by toys. You can contact him by emailing robert.hutchins@bizmedia.co.uk or calling him on 0203 143 8780 You can even follow him on Twitter @RobGHutchins if ranting is your thing...

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