Why you may want to avoid beach toys with a strong plastic smell

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When it comes to beach toys, follow your nose: Because with inflatable unicorns, pool floats, water wings and other poolside plastics, the harmful pollutants are often noticeable by their smell. If you notice that the plastic has a pungent smell like tar or mothballs, it is better not to buy it, consumer experts say. That’s because many poolside inflatables are made out of PVC, a plasticiser-containing plastic. This plastic may also contain carcinogenic substances, some of which have an unpleasant odour, according to experts from the consumer advice centre in the German state of North Rhine-We…

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