Dangerous ingredients: Twelve out of 14 finger paints fail the "Öko-Test"
Children's toys keep making headlines because of the dangers to children. Öko-Test "has tested 14 products for questionable substances and has come to a sobering result. With 12 finger colors, the traffic protection was not activated by the consumer advocates and classified as unsafe for toddlers. Only two finger colors received good marks in the test.
Because of the long skin contact and because small children sometimes put the fingers with the paint in their mouths, "Öko-Test" indicates a greater risk potential than with other toys. One reason why the testers tested particularly strictly, not only in the context of the legal safety guidelines for toys, but also based on the "eco-test" requirements for cosmetics.
Questionable preservatives and forbidden dyes Finger paints must contain bitter substances - this prevents children from licking the paint - as well as preservatives so that no germs and fungi multiply in the opened paint pots. "Almost all manufacturers use substances with a high allergy potential. Two do not even meet the legal limit values," writes "Öko-Test".
In addition, among other things, banned dyes that can trigger cancer were found. In the case of another product, the ingredients were declared completely wrong.
"Öko-Test" only recommends two finger paints Only with the "Eco Fingerfarben" from the Dutch manufacturer SES did the testers have no complaints and gave the rating "very good". Also good, despite deduction of points for the ingredient paraben, the "Nawaro finger paints" from Ökonorm.
The other finger colors all failed completely. "Öko-Test" even rated the water-soluble finger paints from Simba Toys and the "Toppoint Figer stains" from Stylex as "not marketable". The Simba paints produced in China contained an unacceptable amount of a suspected cancer dye, as well as preservatives that were not declared on the label. Not enough bitter substance was detectable in the Stylex finger paints, but the limit value for a questionable preservative was exceeded.
Easy to make finger paints yourself If you want to play it safe, you can make safe finger paints yourself. To do this, mix food coloring with 100 milliliters of warm water and stir in four lightly heaped tablespoons of flour and stir well. Beetroot, cherry, blueberry or spinach juice can be used as an alternative for food coloring.
Because germs can form quickly due to finger contact, it is advisable to keep the ink pots in the fridge. The colors stay there for a week or two. (fr)
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