Health ministry: No ban on loom bands

Health ministry: No ban on loom bands
Rainbow Loom bands.

PETALING JAYA - There is no necessity to ban or impose restrictions on the use of loom band, but Health Ministry has advised parents to keep it away from children below age four.

Health director-general Datuk Seri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the product was not banned because it was not deemed a toy but marketed as an ornamental or costume jewellery item for older children and young adults.

It found that older children or adults had less substantial mouth contact with plastic materials used in the product that contain phthalate/DEHP, a carcinogenic chemical, while skin contact with products containing DEHP was not a safety concern for any age group, including infants, he said.

He said phthalates are classified as a Class 3 carcinogen, which means that it has proven to have carcinogenic effects in animal models but not in humans.

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