A FIDGET toy advent calendar on sale in Scotland contains high levels of a toxic chemical which is harmful to children, officials have warned.

Trading standards officers said the calendar should not be given to youngsters.

The calendars, which have been in shops in North Lanarkshire, are being removed from sale. 

The local authority said the product does not identify either the manufacturer or importer and fails to meet safety regulations.

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“The lack of manufacturer and importer details on this calendar raised concern with our trading standards team, and testing of the product highlighted significant safety concerns,” said councillor Michael McPake, North Lanarkshire Council’s Environment and Transportation Committee convener.

“Thanks to the vigilance of our officers, we are taking action to remove these calendars from sale and I would ask the public to share this information with anyone who might have bought one of these calendars.

“Our advice is don’t open them or let children play with the toys inside, and return the calendar to the retailer where you bought it. You are entitled to a full refund.”