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Jordan has announced a ban on toy slimes. The announcement can be considered as immediate.

SAFEGUARDS | Consumer Products NO. 044/18

SafeGuards toy slimes

On March 11, 2018, the Ministry of Health of Jordan announced [1] a ban on the importation, production, processing, preparation, storage, possession, distribution and sale of toy slimes, a slimy and viscous toy that is popular with many children.

The decision to prohibit toy slimes was to protect children from the potential health risks associated with these toys. This decision was derived from warnings issued by health experts who reported several cases of slime-related poisoning in children. The warnings include, among other things, the following:

  • Children should avoid touching and inhaling hazardous substances such as boric acid

  • The glue in the slime is mainly polyvinyl alcohol or polyvinyl acetate. Exposure to these substances causes damage to the respiratory system and irritation of mucous membranes  

  • Slime can be readily ingested, and dangerous substances have the potential to be absorbed by the skin, particularly through open wounds

The Ministry of Health directed all health directorates to take the necessary measures to withdraw toy slimes from the market and to raise awareness of their health hazards and dangers.

Highlights of the announcement by the Ministry of Health are summarized in Table 1.

Ministry of Health
Prohibition on the Import, Manufacture, Possession and Sale of Toy Slimes
March 11, 2018
Jurisdiction
Scope
Remark
Effective Date
Jordan
Toy slimes
Withdraw from market
March 11, 2018

Next step:

Stakeholders are advised to comply with the latest requirements for toy slimes for Jordan.

For enquiries, please contact:

Hingwo Tsang
Global Information and Innovation Manager
t: +852 2774 7420

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