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No puzzle mats in Santa's hood!


We do not mess with the health of our little ones! The Secretary of State for Consumer Affairs, Frederic Lefebvre decided on December 13, 2010 to withdraw from the sale foam puzzle mats. These early-learning toys for infants will contain formamide, a potentially dangerous and carcinogenic material.

Formamide, what is it?

  • Formamide is a commonly used industrial material to soften the erasers, like those of puzzle mats.
  • So far, the use of formamide is authorized under the regulations in force.
  • Recent studies have shown that in its pure state Formamide is very toxic. It can be absorbed by the body by inhalation of its vapors, by contact with the skin and by ingestion.
  • Formamide is now part substances classified as CMR, carcinogenic and / or mutagenic and / or toxic for reproduction.
  • From 2013, the use of formamide and all CMR substances will be banned in the manufacture of toys in all countries of the European Union.
  • Without further delay 2013, Belgium had ordered Friday, December 10, 2010, the total withdrawal of puzzle mats from the sale.

Chain reactions in France

  • The DGCCRF immediately launched an evaluation risk of toxicity of puzzle mats.
  • At the same time, the consumer protection association, the CLCV, invoked the precautionary principle and advocated the withdrawal of the sale of this toy.
  • Major retailers of the toy, like the Grande Récré or JouéClub, had already preferred to recall all these products to reassure their customers.
  • December 13, the French government preferred to remove the puzzle mats from the sale for a period of three months.

Frédérique Odasso