We've been asked by many concerned parents recently about an article published in a French newspaper reporting that Sophie the Giraffe was contaminated with carcinogenic nitrosamines. We contacted Calisson Inc., the U.S. distributor, directly to learn more. We asked for testing documentation and an explanation of the toxicity claims – both of which they offered immediately. We reviewed the documents, researched the EU and US nitrosamine regulations, and consulted with two of our trusted resources for their opinion.
We learned that both the European Union (EU) and the the US Food and Drug Administration allow a maximum level of nitrosamines at 10 ppb (μg/kg) in children’s products in the EU, and in nipples and pacifiers in the US. The third party testing Vulli provided clearly indicates that nitrosamine levels were far below these limits.
We asked Helene Montgomery, founder of Calisson Inc., to share her thoughts on this situation:
Sophie the giraffe was first introduced in 2001 after the birth of my daughter Matilde. Born and raised in France I grew up with Sophie and wanted Sophie for my daughter. I approached Vulli to sell Sophie in the US with the idea in mind as a mother sharing a wonderful toy that has passed the test of time. Since then the popularity of Sophie has grown and her manufacturing process remains the same. If Sophie were toxic for fifty years, we certainly would have heard about this prior to now. The fact is, Sophie is 100% safe and pure now, just like she was fifty years ago.
I have now worked with Vulli for over 10 years and I can assure you that they put the safety of our children before anything else. They spend over 350,000 euros each year on testing to assure that Sophie is 100% safe and pure and adheres to the strict policies of the CPSC as well as all countries policies. Sophie not only has passed all of the tests but she has passed them with flying colors.
Furthermore, it is insulting that they would insinuate and imply that we here at Calisson, Inc., only care about the bottom-line. We obviously, addressed these concerns immediately upon hearing about them.
So after all of the hubbub and upset, we're happy to report that there's no story here.