As a necessary painting tool for children, watercolor pens are very popular with children because of their rich and bright colors. Some watercolor pens even emit a faint fragrance. But recently, due to safety problems, Ireland recalled a product called "children's fragrance color marker" and urged parents to keep their children away from these color pens. These chemicals are bad
The product brand involved in the recall is Primark, which has been sold in major shopping malls since January 15, 2019. As for the reasons for the recall, the Irish competition and Consumer Protection Commission said that in the product test, they found that the content of benzyl alcohol, a purple colored pen chemical in this product, exceeded the standard, so there was a risk of allergy.
It is reported that benzyl alcohol, as a fragrance fixing agent, many businesses will add this substance to watercolor pens. It can not only make the products emit fragrance, but also have certain anti-corrosion ingredients to prolong the shelf life of the products. However, this additive should not be used in excess, otherwise it will easily lead to allergy.
At present, the safety of children's toy products has become the focus of attention of all countries. In order to supervise the quality of toys, all countries have established strict and complete toy safety regulations and standards.
Search the page of Amazon UK website for the fragrance pen "stamp pens", and many businesses are selling similar products. Among them, the most commented fragrance color pen mentioned in the description that it meets the European en71#3#9 standard.
This standard is the standard formulated by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) for the safety of children's toys. It clearly stipulates that the benzene content in children's products shall not exceed 5 mg / kg.
However, it is worth noting that the quality of watercolor pens produced and sold on the market in China is uneven, and many watercolor pens have benzene content exceeding the standard. The main reason is that China's detection standard for watercolor pens is basically based on the national standard gb21027 General requirements for safety of student supplies, which only stipulates the limited index of heavy metal content, There are no clear requirements for the content of benzene and other chemical elements.
European and American countries have always attached importance to children's safety, and the audit of children's products is also quite strict. Therefore, Xiaobian would like to remind relevant sellers to strictly review such products when they are put on the shelves, so as to ensure that all additives of the products meet the standards of EU and target domestic products, so as to avoid similar recalls.