As Minnesotans begin their holiday shopping in earnest, state officials recommend parents buy name-brand toys for their children and beware of look-alikes available on-line. It comes after the state banned sales in Minnesota of off-brand Beyblades-type spinning battle toys, which tests found have toxic levels of lead and cadmium. The package for one off-brand looks almost exactly like safe brand names Hasbro and TAKARATOMY.
State Commerce Commissioner Steve Kelley says on-line imitators “have deliberately misleading packaging and they are at much cheaper prices. So those should be the indicators that Minnesota consumers watch out for.”
Kelley says resources are available for parents who are uncertain whether a planned gift toy is safe: “If they have questions they can call any of the three agencies that work on this together: the Department of Commerce, Department of Health or the Pollution Control Agency.”