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Dangerous germs discovered in children's toys
The Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety and the Dutch toy manufacturer Idea Vending B.V. warn of a children's toy from which a contaminated liquid can escape. This poses a risk of serious infection. The toy should therefore no longer be used.
It is the "Spuishy Dino Meshball" product from Toy Joy Tec Automatenvertrieb in Lüneburg. The affected toys could be obtained from various machines that are set up in the federal states of Hamburg, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Schleswig-Holstein and Thuringia.
Germ can cause serious infections
"When playing with the toy, leaking liquids can occur," writes the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety. This liquid is microbiologically contaminated. Among other things, the environmental germ Pseudomonas putida was detected. In sensitive people and especially in people with previous illnesses, this germ can trigger serious infections. This counts especially when the liquid comes into contact with wounds or open skin areas.
Bad information from the manufacturer
Unfortunately, the manufacturer does not provide sufficient information about the recall. For example, it is unclear exactly where the machines were located and where consumers can return the goods concerned or demand their money back. However, it is important that the toy should no longer be used.
About Pseudomonas putida
According to the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Pseudomonas putida is a causative agent of unspecific infectious diseases in humans and animals. The germ can, for example, cause soft tissue infections, spontaneously occurring meningitis, wound infections, sepsis and extensive skin changes. In addition, the pathogen can promote chronic fatigue syndrome. The first signs of a disease can appear two to twelve days after contact with the pathogen-containing material. (vb)
Author and source information
This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.
Graduate editor (FH) Volker Blasek
- Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety: Recall "Spuishy Dino Meshball" (published: March 27th, 2020), lebensmittelwarnung.de
- Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health: Rationale for the classification of Pseudomonas putida in risk group 2 according to BioStoffV (as of September 2011), baua.de