Surrey trading standards officers have impounded dozens of Halloween spider toys to stop them posing a risk to children.
They barred the products from entering the country through Heathrow Airport after finding sharp exposed wires in some and choking hazards in others.
In a batch of 150 “spider web” sets, spider toys had legs which broke off easily leaving a rubber body that a child could have choked on.
In another batch, 30 giant spider toys had wire legs which formed sharp points after coming away from their fur covering.
The products, manufactured in China, were intended for use as Halloween toys or decorations. They had no labels or CE mark. Paperwork suggested they were destined to be sold via Amazon Marketplace.
Officers from Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards are now getting the products destroyed to stop them ever being sold.
Denise Turner-Stewart, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “Some manufacturers try to cash in on soaring demand for seasonal products with little regard for safety but our officers picked up problems before they could reach consumers.
“We’d urge shoppers to take steps such as checking for CE marks, looking out for misspelt words or typos on packaging, checking online reviews of traders and being on guard against prices which seem too good to be true.”
Anyone who has concerns about a product they have seen for sale or have already bought should contact the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06.