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Dangerous Games Over 50,000 deadly toys destroyed as experts warn against counterfeit Christmas

The organisation warned parents that fake goods can lead to choking, fire and even electrical burns, due to the shoddy nature of their assembly.

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Dangerous toys being destroyed

Dangerous toys being destroyed

Dangerous toys being destroyed

Over 50,000 Children's toys deemed dangerous have been destroyed by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC). 

The CCPC had accumulated a vast mountain of toys, mostly counterfeit, deemed unsuitable by the organisation.

The organisation warned parents that fake goods can lead to choking, fire and even electrical burns, due to the shoddy nature of their assembly.

Incredible footage of the toys being destroyed at a waste depot was posted on the company’s website last night.

The video shows mainly soft toys being recycled, as none contained the CE mark, and many posed a risk to young children due to the poor quality of the materials from which they were made.

The commission is urging consumers to be safety aware if they are buying gifts this year, in particular if buying children's toys.

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Soft toys without a CE mark can pose a risk

Soft toys without a CE mark can pose a risk

Soft toys without a CE mark can pose a risk

They have also warned against large numbers of counterfeit toys which are being sold online.

Some of the better forgeries even contain a fake CE fraud, however the toys are of an inferior standard.

In total 51,000 toys have been destroyed by the CCPC because they failed to reach proper safety standards.

Doireann Sweeney from the commission said: "There is a reason why we are doing this, unfortunately there are toys that do not comply and they are a risk.

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The dangerous toys were destroyed

The dangerous toys were destroyed

The dangerous toys were destroyed

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"From choking, to batteries in toys that may not be safe and cause a chemical burn, to electrical goods going on fire, so the risks are real."

Consumers are advised to be aware of the issue and are advised:

  • If you are buying children's toys always look for the CE mark, it confirms that it complies with EU safety standards.
  • Buy from reputable retailers only, to avoid unsafe toys or products with fake CE marks.
  • Check toys for detachable parts smaller than a €2 coin, which could be a potential choking hazard for children aged under three.

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