The recall applies to 516,125 “Skip Ball” toys sold at the stores across Canada between January 2012 and July 2018.
The toys are made of a pink ankle loop, which is attached to a plastic cord and ball. It has the product number 14-1401338, which can be found on the toy’s packaging.
Here’s a closer look at the toy:
So far, Health Canada has not received any complaints or reported injuries related to the products, which were manufactured in China.
But the health agency says it is concerned about the high levels of phthalates, six chemicals (DEHP, DINP, DBP, BBP, DNOP and DIDP) that are found in plastic products.
Use of the chemicals was restricted in Canada in December 2010 for children’s toys and other baby products such as bibs and teethers.
“These regulations will help ensure that children’s toys and child care articles imported, sold or advertised in Canada do not present a risk of phthalate exposure to young children,” Health Canada’s website explains.
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The website adds exposure to the chemicals maybe cause reproductive and development abnormalities in young children when toys are sucked or chewed for “extended periods.”
Health Canada is urging consumers with these toys at home to keep them away from children, throw them out or return them to the store where they were purchased.
Those with questions can contact Dollarama directly at 1-888-755-1006, extension 1000.
The agency warns that selling or giving away products prohibited by Health Canada, such as these toys that exceed chemical limits, is prohibited.