Foul fowl


The EcoWaste Coalition’s recent call on a Korean store chain to stop selling “Shrilling Chicken,” to recall those already sold and to dispose of remaining stocks of the item is no cause for alarm to those who dread the bird flu. There are no avian flu-tainted poultry products in those stores operated by Ximiso Corp. However, the non-profit environmental health organization believes that the squeezable rubber toy that makes a screaming sound when pressed is made of plastic that is harmful to children and adults alike.

In a statement issued on Monday, EcoWaste’s chemical safety campaigner Thony Dizon claimed the Shrilling Chicken’s plastic material may contain toxic DBP, DEHP and DINP phthalates and short-chain chlorinated paraffins not allowed in toys and other children’s products. He also said the toy lacks the required market authorization from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is inadequately labeled and is banned in several countries, including Slovakia, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Spain and Luxembourg.

The group informed Ximiso Corp. that the FDA issued Advisory 2017-209 on 19 July 2017 that advises the general public against the purchase of Shrilling Chicken and seven other toy items for lacking the required Toy and Childcare Article notifications and for not undergoing verification procedures for determining their quality and safety.

The toy’s product label provides no license-to-operate number, cautionary statement or warning, usage instruction, item, model or stock-keeping unit number and manufacturer’s marking, including the complete name and address of the manufacturer or distributor.

Since 2010, EcoWaste Coalition has been campaigning against the sale of Shrilling Chicken.
It’s already 2018 and the toy is still in the market. EcoWaste may need a louder voice to make its warning heard.