Vol. 1169 | 01 Jul 2020

The Danish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently published a report on chemicals in slime toys, focusing on preservatives used in the toys.  Several non-compliant products were identified, due to the presence of borate and a risk due to the content of isothiazolinones.

The purpose of the project was to investigate the content and migration of chemical substances from slime toys that are marketed to children over three years of age. Compliance with regulations regarding the migration of boron and other elements from the slime toys studied was also tested.

A total of 27 products were analyzed for a range of chemicals, including:  boron, phenoxyethanol, isothiazolinones (MI, CMI and BIT) and parabens. The results showed boron migration levels between 116 and 4275 mg/kg in all 27 of the products. The allowed limit value is 300 mg/kg.

In total, 13 of the 27 products studied did not comply with legislation.

The full report is available at this link:

For further information please contact:

Philip Bullock


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