Glow sticks that appeal to children either because they can be used as toys, as articles for gimmicks and gags or as personal ornamentation/jewellery have been investigated. The survey only comprised glow stick products that are marketed in Denmark or that are sold on Danish/ Danish-language internet pages and that are intended for children or that appeal to children. Therefore, they can be toys as well as articles for gimmicks and gags. Children are defined as children under the age of 14. 15 glow stick products were purchased. In one of the products, dibutyl phthalate was found in considerable amounts. That substance must not be used in toys or gimmick and gag articles as according to classification it may damage fertility or the unborn child.
The risk arises after repeated or longer exposure. Therefore, glow sticks are not believed to constitute an isolated risk but they contribute to the total exposure. Two of the most ordinary solvents found in glow sticks (dimethyl phthalate and butyl benzoate) can when swallowed or when they come into contact with the eyes cause a stinging sensation or discomfort. That is consistent with the descriptions of the symptoms after human exposure to liquid from glow stick products
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