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Health warning about ‘slime’

MidiLibre/Scoop, Dec 16

Authorities have issued new warnings about ’slime’ as Christmas approaches.

Slime can cause severe skin irritation and allergies.

Popular with children and adolescents, the ’slime’ can be potentially dangerous, and health authorities are calling for parents to be vigilant. Tests were carried out on 44 products, 14 of which contained a boron content above the allowable limit. These were withdrawn from the market. Boric acid - composed of boron, hydrogen and oxygen - is a reprotoxic substance (toxic for fertility and embryo development).

Health authorities draw particular attention to home-made preparations of this paste, from products such as detergents, glues, and eye wash solutions, which can contain boric acid.

The slime is either sold in ready-to-use form, in boxes of ingredients to mix, or manufactured at home using tutorials from the internet.

The authorities stress that the repeated and prolonged handling of slime “is not without health risks".

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