Parents are warned of unsafe felt tip pens

A warning has been given about unsafe felt tip pens.

Northumberland County Council’s public protection service is urging parents to be on the look-out for unsafe children’s felt tip pens, particularly those associated with velvet art toys.

These pens are usually sold in packs of three with a velvet art picture as a colouring-in set. Some batches have failed safety testing in that the end closure (the end cap opposite the nib) easily detaches and could pose a choking hazard to young children.

The pens are branded as Write Stuff and the name and address shown on the packaging is: Chelford Ltd, Manchester M6 6JD, item code TA1003 and batch numbers 20403 and 20402. The importers of the pens, Chelford Ltd, have initiated a product recall on all batch numbers for the product item code TA1003.

Anyone who wishes to report any issues, or requires advice, should call Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 08454 04 05 06.