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Warning over toxic nail varnish

Hand with nail polish - generic
Trading standard officers warned some nail varnish may contain toxins

Shoppers in Stirling are being warned to check nail varnish purchases for traces of a banned toxin linked to infertility.

Trading Standards officers in the city warned that tested samples bought in local stores revealed the presence of Dibutyl Phthalate.

They have urged retailers to ensure stock containing the toxin is not sold.

Consumers are also urged to check old nail polish to see if it contains Dibutyl Phthalate and to bin it.

'Stocking fillers'

Rosemary McLellan, an officer with Stirling and Clackmannanshire's Joint Trading Standards Service said: "Phthalates are a group of synthetic chemicals which are used as plastic softeners or solvents in many different consumer products.

"The nail polish that was tested was Glam Nail Polish and DBP was listed in the ingredients.

"All new nail polishes should be free of this chemical however at this time of year old stock is sometimes brought out again and new cheaper lines introduced as items that could be bought as stocking fillers.

"If any consumers have any old bottles of nail polish at home that contain DBP they should put them in the bin."

The warning comes in the same week that officers in Clackmannanshire and Stirling urged locals to be on the lookout for counterfeit GHD hair straighteners.

The authorities said the styling tools were being sold over the internet, in work places and through small adverts.

They warned that not only were they unreliable, the straighteners may also contain electrical faults.

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