DIY Crafts with Boric Acid Put Kids at Risk, Warns Health Canada

homemade slime using boric acid could result in overexposure

Concerned about health risks from overexposure to boric acid, Health Canada is advising Canadian consumers to take precautions. Leading the list of safety measures is a strong warning to avoid DIY arts and crafts recipes that incorporate the common household compound.

Boric acid, aka boron or borax, is often used by caregivers, educators and kids when making homemade slime or modelling clay.

CPSC Recalls Hazardous Hoverboards

The CPSC and 10 U.S. companies recall hoverboards for fire and fall hazards

Given the number of incident and injury reports it has received and investigated in recent months, it’s not surprising the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is recalling over 500,000 self-balancing scooters, aka hoverboards.

Toy Preview Returning to Germany’s 2016 Stationery Fair

Visitors to the 2016 Insights-X, Germany’s hot new stationery fair (October 6-9), will receive an exclusive sneak peek at some up-and-coming toys that most won’t get to see until next February’s Nürnberg Toy Fair rolls around.

Spielwarenmesse, the well-known organizer of Insights-X, announced a Toy Preview will run for two days (October 6 and 7) as part of the second annual stationery fair which will showcase over 200 vendors of everything from office supplies to writing utensils and creative items.

Global Survey Shows Growing Appetite for Licensed Merchandise

LIMA launches its 2016 Annual Survey of Global Licensed Product Sales

A just-completed survey released by the Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) shows that global retail sales of licensed products grew to US$251.7 billion in 2015, a gain of 4.2 percent over the previous year.

Commissioned by the U.S.-based LIMA and conducted by Brandar Consulting, LLC, the 2016 Annual Global Licensing Industry Survey also revealed that the U.S. and Canada remain the largest global market for licensed merchandise.

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