Health Canada RECALLS 3 Melissa & Doug Toys For Exessive Barium in Paint

Health Canada has recalled approximately 26,290 Melissa and Doug toys because testing has revealed that the surface paint on the toys contains barium in excess of the allowable limit.

Some forms of barium are safely used in medical and commercial applications, while other forms of barium can be toxic, causing adverse health effects such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and cramps as well as more severe symptoms. Children’s toys coated with paint containing barium in excess of the allowable limit are strictly prohibited in Canada.

This recall involves all batches of the following three products by Melissa & Doug.

  • Slice and Bake Cookie Set: The set includes a tube of 12 sliceable wooden cookies with 12 decorative toppings, a kitchen mitt, a wooden cookie sheet, knife and spatula. The recalled sets can be identified by UPC 000772040747. Health Canada tested batch number ZP1208.
  • Shape Sorting Cube: This toy is a wooden cube with a lid and 12 colourful cut-out shapes that fit into 12 holes, based on the shape. The cut-out shapes are red, yellow, green, and blue. The recalled toys can be identified by UPC 000772005753. Health Canada tested batch number XY0309.
  • Pound-a-Peg: This toy includes 8 colourful wooden pegs, a wooden hammer, and a wooden bench. The pegs are red, green, yellow, and blue, and can be pounded into the wooden bench using the hammer. The recalled toys can be identified by UPC 000772004961. Health Canada tested batch number ZP0609.

Health Canada has not received any reports of incidents or illnesses related to the use of this product.

The recalled products were sold from November 2008 to November 2009.

Consumers may return the item to the store where it was purchased for a full refund, or contact Melissa & Doug at at 1-203-762-4500 to exchange the product.



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1 Comment

  • how about the formaldehyde used in their play kitchens made with MDF? a known carcinogen that off gases for years? why would i want a big play kitchen that can cause cancer for my children, sitting in their room. A company that prides itself on being safe should find better ways of making their products.

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