SACRAMENTO — Testing of several Komfy Kid dolls has revealed no evidence of harmful chemicals and no reason to stop sales of the toys in California, Dr. Kenneth W. Kizer, director of the state Department of Health Services, said Tuesday.
The dolls tested by the department's Berkeley laboratory showed no detectable levels of five potentially harmful substances found in other mail-order dolls tested by Los Angeles County health officials several days earlier. The county officials urged consumers to return the dolls to distributors or to dispose of them.
Kizer, who said his agency had been flooded with calls from concerned parents, did not dispute the county's findings of phenol, a disinfectant, and the pesticide malathion in the dolls sampled. But he noted that the levels of these and three other chemicals were so low that they posed no health hazard.
More than 1 million of the Taiwanese-made mail-order dolls have been sold in the United States.
Some consumers have complained of a kerosene-like odor in some dolls and there have been scattered reports of illness, primarily headaches and nausea, Kizer said.