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Council recalls sippy cups following parent’s concern

Published on 11 July 2017

LEICESTER City Council is voluntarily recalling around 3,000 infant drinking cups as a precaution due to concern about loose spouts.

The ‘Healthy Teeth, Happy Smiles’ free-flow 'sippy' cups were given to families as part of a citywide oral health campaign, and are intended as a healthier alternative to baby bottles for infants aged six months and over.

Although the manufacturer has not issued a product recall, the council has taken the decision to recall the cups as a precaution.

This follows concerns from one parent who found that the spout had come loose on her child’s cup. Testing showed that spouts could be loosened with force on a small number of other cups.

The council has carried out its own risk assessment using the recommended ‘choke hazard test’ used by in children’s centres for deciding the suitability of small toys. The detached spout was deemed to be slightly too big to be a choking hazard. The recall is a precautionary measure only.

Anyone who has received one of the free sippy cups can return it to their local children's centre.

A Leicester City Council spokesperson said: “Although this is very disappointing we do not want to alarm parents.

“The fault affects only a very small number of cups but this is clearly unacceptable and falls well below the level of quality we expected in this product. We have, therefore, taken the decision to ask families to return the cups to their nearest children’s centre as a precaution.”

The ‘Healthy Teeth, Happy Smiles’ cups were given free to parents as part of a citywide bottle swap scheme intended to support good oral health.

Around 3,000 cups have been given out over the last twelve months. One complaint about the loose spout has been received by the city council in this time.

The supply contract stipulates that the cups provided must comply with the current European safety standard for children’s drinking cups (EN 14350).

Leicester City Council trading standards will be formally raising this issue with the manufacturer.

The council will be sourcing a new model of cup to ensure the bottle swap scheme continues.