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'Sophie the Giraffe' creator comments on mold growth, says to keep toys clean, dry

'Sophie the Giraffe' creator Vulli said that saliva likely was not responsible for the growth of black mold inside the toy. (Source: Raycom Media) 'Sophie the Giraffe' creator Vulli said that saliva likely was not responsible for the growth of black mold inside the toy. (Source: Raycom Media)

(RNN) - The maker of the popular teething toy "Sophie the Giraffe" responded to claims that black mold had grown inside them for some customers.

One person said in an Amazon review that the toy had trapped moisture inside from a "drooly baby." A representative of Vulli, the toy's France-based creator, said that saliva is a highly improbable source of the mold.

Vulli also said the recommended way to clean a Sophie is to wipe it down with a clean, damp cloth. They do not recommend rinsing it off or immersing in water, to prevent water form getting inside.

The company said it had not been contacted by the Amazon reviewer or the parent quoted in a Good Housekeeping article, who said she followed instructions and never submerged it. 

Vulli's quality department assessed the pictures, stating saliva turns into mold only in "really rare cases." 

"It seems (from the pictures) that the inside body of the giraffe is still wet, which leads us to believe that there was presence of water inside the giraffe that can have caused the mold," Vulli stated. "This situation is often seen with bath toys."

The company also said the mold growth occurred after the product was purchased.

"Please know that each complaint received is taken very seriously and that the return of the product is always asked for further examination," Vulli stated.

The toy is made of rubber and has an air hole and a squeaker inside. There is a bath-ready version of Sophie also available.

The Amazon reviewer said that the family had owned the toy for nearly two years before they noticed the black mold. The Good Housekeeping story did not say how long the others mentioned had owned their Sophie.

Sophie the Giraffe was first released in 1961 and has been a staple for parents across the globe.

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