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Teething toy 'Sophie the Giraffe' may be a mold hazard

People have reported finding black mold inside the Sophie the Giraffe teething toy. (Source: Raycom Media) People have reported finding black mold inside the Sophie the Giraffe teething toy. (Source: Raycom Media)

(RNN) - A popular teething toy for infants is causing some alarm after people reported they found mold on the inside.

Pediatric dentist Dana Chianese decided to clean one of the toys and noticed a musty smell coming out of its air hole. She decided to cut the toy open and the inside was covered in black mold. She shared the pictures with Good Housekeeping.

A reviewer on Amazon also said she discovered mold inside the toy and provided pictures with her comment. Sophie is made by French company Vulli, which has not commented on the mold situation.

The recommended method for cleaning the toy is to wipe it down with warm soapy water, but that does not clean the inside. Submerging the toy can break the squeaker and make getting water out of the inside difficult.

There is a bath version of Sophie available, and cleaning instructions for bath toys recommend putting them in a dishwasher or boiling water and squeezing out the water left inside it.

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