Fewer sex toys than children's toys contain dangerous chemicals, according to a new report by a Swedish inspection authority.
In its study conducted in 2016, 2% of the 44 surveyed sex toys that had been imported to Sweden contained banned chemicals, the Swedish Chemicals Agency (SCA) said. In a separate study the year before, the agency tested 112 children's toys in Sweden and
found 15% contained banned chemical substances, including lead. An inspector told AFP:
This was a bit surprising. This was the first time we did such a study.
Of the 44 sex toys examined, only one plastic dildo was found to contain a banned substance: chlorinated paraffins, which is suspected of causing cancer.
Three of the 44 examined sex toys, made of artificial leather and bondage tape, contained a type of phthalates used as a plasticiser at levels above a 0.1% threshold, the agency said. That specific type of phthalates is not banned in sex toys but is on
the EU list of chemicals of very high concern .