Model Lara Worthington has hit out at the makers of Sophie the Giraffe after mothers have claimed to discover mould inside the rubber teething toy.
The 29-year-old mum of two shared a screenshot image of a photo of the inside of the toy – which was covered in mould.
“Bath toys with holes in them are not safe,” she wrote.
Since reports that Sophie the Giraffe hides dangerous mould inside its frame first surfaced on social media, parents have been throwing the rubber animals away in panic.
For those who missed the hoopla, Sophie is a French giraffe toy that became an international star after beginning its retail life in high-end baby boutiques before being made available around the world. It retails in Australia for $20-$30, depending on where you purchase it from.
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However, Sophie the Giraffe has fallen from grace after US dentist Dana Chianese posted photos of her child's giraffe filled with dangerous black mould, prompting other parents to investigate their own toys to find similar results.
Chianese told Good Housekeeping that when she cut the toy open it began to smell.
"I decided to cut into Sophie out of curiosity and discovered a science experiment living inside," she said. "Smelly, ugly mould living in my infant's favourite chew toy!"