Ecotest: Giraffe Sophie is not marketable

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Ökotest can say: The giraffe Sophie is not marketable

In its November 2011 issue, the alternative consumer magazine "Ökotest" reported that the popular toy for small children "Giraffe Sophie" contains nitrosable amines, which were released during tests. The substance is particularly dangerous because it can convert into carcinogenic nitrosamines. Accordingly, the overall rating of the newspaper was negative and the product was rated "insufficient". Against the claim that "Sophie la Girafe is not marketable", the French company "Vulli" ordered an injunction at the Berlin Regional Court. The same has now "revoked a temporary injunction previously issued by himself," as a spokeswoman for Ökotest said. Accordingly, the consumer magazine can claim that the "Giraffe Sophie is not marketable".

Ökotest can therefore continue to claim that the baby toy Giraffe Sophie should not be sold in Germany because, according to the magazine, "far more nitrosable amines are released than is legally permitted". As we have already reported, the manufacturer "Vulli" vigorously resisted the presentation of Ökotest. No wonder, because up to the test result the toy had a particularly good reputation among concerned parents and was considered a grateful replacement for pacifiers or teething rings. After all, according to the producer, it would be a natural product that was safe and without risks. This is contradicted by Ökotest, because even the French consumer magazine "Que Choisir" had found in a test high levels of nitrosatable amines that released, which were far above the limit applicable in Germany. Ökotest now advises all consumers who have already bought the giraffe Sophie to say "au revoir" and to bring it back to the shop where they bought the animal. Parents should ask for the money back, the magazine advised. The manufacturer currently has no explanation. We continue to report. (sb)

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