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Norfolk County Council Trading Standards Officers are warning members of the public to avoid purchasing counterfeit dolls that have been judged to be a safety risk to children, and which may be offered for sale at some Norfolk markets in the run-up to Christmas.
Trading Standards Officers elsewhere in the country recently seized the remaining stock from the UK distributor that was importing the dolls that are alleged to be legitimate Chinese ‘Xin Ming Yue’ dolls.
But Norfolk’s Trading Standards Officers have been told that up to 300 have been sold to an unnamed Norfolk market trader.
The dolls are packaged in unbranded plastic bags.
Their poor quality has led to stuffing easily coming out, hair on some models coming away easily and also detachable decorations doing the same – all of which present a choking risk to children.
Norfolk County Council Trading Standards always advise parents buying toys for children to buy properly packaged toys and to look for the CE Mark on the packaging.
The Lion Mark, which is also found on some packaging, should mean it is made by a member of the British Toy and Hobby Association and shows that it meets current safety standards and that the age rating is the safe age for the child to use the toy. You should also look out for any warning information, which will explain how the toy can safely be enjoyed.
Norfolk’s Trading Standards Officers will be keeping an eye out for the dolls whilst visiting market locations in Norfolk.
Members of the public are urged to avoid buying the dolls and dispose of it if they have purchased one.
If seen on sale in Norfolk, residents can report it to Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 08454 04 05 06.