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Minnesota Commerce Department reminds consumers to shop smart and safe this holiday season to avoid dangerous toys

11/21/2016 3:00:13 PM

SAINT PAUL – As Minnesotans prepare their holiday shopping lists, the Minnesota Commerce Department is reminding families to stay vigilant about the safety of toys and other products they buy for their children. 

“We want kids to have fun with their toys and not be harmed by them,” said Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman, whose agency regulates toys and children’s products in the state. “As we work with businesses to keep dangerous products off the shelves, we also encourage parents to exercise care in their shopping to make sure kids have a safe and happy holiday season.”

Rothman noted that Minnesota law forbids the sale of any hazardous toy or children’s product, including any toy recalled for a safety-related reason by a federal agency or by the toy’s manufacturer, wholesaler, distributor or importer.

State law also bans retailers and manufacturers from selling certain children’s products, including children’s food containers, that contain the toxic chemicals formaldehyde or bisphenol-A (BPA). 

The Minnesota Commerce Department offers some general tips to keep in mind when shopping for toys this holiday season:

  • Select the right toy for the right age. Read the instructions and warning labels to make sure the product is appropriate for your child’s age. 
  • Look for safety labels. These include “flame retardant/flame resistant” on fabric products and “washable/hygienic materials” on stuffed toys and dolls. 
  • Be alert for potential hazards. Toys with small parts can be a choking danger for small children, while those with sharp points or hard edges can pose a risk for injury. 
  • Toys with strings, cords or ribbons should not be hung in cribs or playpens. Babies and toddlers can become entangled, potentially causing injury or death.  
  • Immediately discard plastic wrappings on toys. They can cause suffocation. 
  • Check for recalls. A list of recalled products is available at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website. You can also sign up to receive the agency’s email alerts.  
  • Report an unsafe product. If a child has been injured or you have concerns about a potentially hazardous product, you can file a report directly with the Consumer Product Safety Commission.  

More toy safety tips are available on the /commerce/consumers/your-home/protect/toy-safety/index.jspMinnesota Commerce Department website.

Commerce is here to help

Contact the Minnesota Commerce Department’s Consumer Services Center by email at or by phone at 651-539-1600 or 800-657-3602 (Greater Minnesota).

Media Contact:
Ross Corson
Director of Communications
Minnesota Department of Commerce
P: 651-539-1463 | C: 651-368-5050 |


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