The 'Cooky' children's stationery set, imported by Tri Star
International, was recalled in March after it was discovered that the
set came complete with pencil, markers, erasers and … a razor blade.
Intended to cut paper, the razor—along with the whole product—was taken
off shelves for fear it would unintentionally cut children.
One person in Chicago was hospitalized and another became ill in late
May after eating a homemade soup supposedly containing monkfish. But the
imported Chinese fish was mislabeled, and may have actually been deadly
puffer fish. A delicacy in Japan, puffer fish contain the potent toxin
tetrodotoxin, which is not destroyed in regular food preparation.
Tetrodoxin can kill humans by first numbing the body and causing
American-based toy company RC2 recalled a range of Thomas the Tank
Engine wooden railroad toys in June, after the company found lead in the
toy’s surface paint, which is toxic if ingested by children. RC2
ultimately recalled more than 20 different Chinese-made toys.
Particularly Fiery Candles
Importer Royal Products of Brooklyn, N.Y., issued a recall
for pine-cone-shaped candles in May, after determining that the candle’s
exterior coating and decorations were flammable. The faulty candles,
made in China, caused no known injuries, but did damage property in one
A free-standing hammock manufactured by China's Danlong Industries
foiled folks hoping for lazy Sunday afternoons. The hammock stand was
recalled July 3 after reports of foot brackets cracking or tearing,
causing hammock occupants to unexpectedly fall to the ground. One
not-so-relaxed hammock owner complained of back pain and nerve damage,
another suffered a cut lip, and at least six more had abrupt falls.
Rock-a-bye baby became a bit less soothing after it was revealed that a
Chinese-manufactured crib came with faulty instructions. In June,
Pennsylvania-based nursery manufacturer Simplicity Inc. recalled its
'Nursery-In-A-Box' crib over the botched instructions, which the company
feared could cause the crib's drop side to disengage, leading to falls
Chinese-made fake palm trees, complete with coconuts, were recalled in
April for faults in the rope lights used to illuminate the trees, which
posed electric shock and fire risks. Customers who'd bought the 'Pre-lit
Palm Trees,' which were imported by iObjectSolutions Inc. of Georgia,
were offered free replacements for their dodgy palms.
Handymen beware: the 'Craftsmen' label on a circular saw manufactured in
China can detach, causing complications with the blade guard and
exposing the saw blade. One power-tool owner received 12 stitches after
being lacerated by his crafty saw.
Control Bicycle Frames
Triax PK7 and Vertical PK7 bike frames gave new meaning to 'adventure
sports' in March, when it was determined that the frames, sold
exclusively at Target, could crack—causing riders to lose control.
Savings from the 99-cent store might not always be worth your while. On
June 1, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning on several
toothpaste brands manufactured in China, including Dr. Cool, Superdent
and Everfresh Smile. The toothpastes, usually found in discount stores,
contained an antifreeze agent called diethylene glycol, which doesn’t
freshen breath or whiten teeth but does poison the liver and kidneys and
depress the central nervous system. The same chemical, imported from
China, was found in a cold medicine mixed in Panama last year; at least
100 deaths so far have been linked to the mislabeled ingredient.
Spongebob made in China have been recalled because they contain high
levels of lead.
Fisher-Price announced that 967,000 plastic
preschool toys made by a Chinese vendor and sold in the US
between May and August would be pulled over fears of that they could
contain toxic lead-based paints.
The following toys have been recalled by Mattel due to
the potential for small magnets to come loose (Links go to CSPC Press
Doggie Day Care Magnetic Toys
Polly Pocket Play Sets
Barbie and Tanner Magnetic Toys
Batman and One Piece Magnetic Action Figure Sets
LOOK AT ALL OF KID'S TRAINS!!
& TOYS MADE IN CHINA!!
Thomas and Friends, Curious George and Other Spinning Tops and Tin Pails
Recalled By Schylling Associates Due To Violation of Lead Paint Standard
Children’s Metal Jewelry Recalled by TOBY N.Y.C. Due to Risk of Lead
Name of Product: TOBY & ME Jewelry Sets
Additional Reports of Magnets Detaching from
Polly Pocket Play Sets Prompts Expanded Recall by Mattel
Mattel Recalls Doggie Day Care™ Magnetic Toys Due to Magnets Coming
RECALLED DOG FOOD & TREATS
Owners watching pets closely after food recall
protectionist agenda Laborers work at a local
toy factory on the outskirts of Kunming, capital of southwest China's
Yunnan province August 27, 2007. Mattel has only itself to blame for a
huge toy recall that has stoked global alarm about Chinese-made goods,
state media said on Thursday, charging that a slew of foreign safety
scares had exposed a protectionist agenda. REUTERS/Stringer/Files More:
What Happened to:
Chopsticks picked up in new China scare
Tainted Chinese Imports Common
China pushes back at critics on recalls
Hillary Clinton: Made in China
by Andrew T. Durham
September 6, 2007
Do we really need a President of the United States who is an agent for
the People's Republic of China? I'm thinking "no", but then I don't have
my finger on the pulse of the nation. Bill Clinton acted surprised when
he discovered that one of his wife's major contributors and fundraisers
was a fugitive. Bill Clinton acts a lot of things. No news there. Yet
people believe it. I don't.
So, not only do we have China poisoning our population in every
conceivable way, and getting away with it, but we have Hillary Clinton,
the new Chinese poison, bought and sold by the PRC, running for the most
powerful job in the world. Apparently I am the only person who has a
problem with this. It was bad enough President Clinton gave away secrets
to the Chinese or, shall I say, allowed the environment to exist where
that became possible. Now Mrs. Bill Clinton, running on the original
platform of "change", wants to continue this openness and sharing. I
didn't realize the platform of "change" meant changing to whom our own
government is accountable: the share holders, in this case another
government. And now the criminal fundraiser is missing. How convenient.
we as consumers do? We can write to our legislators and
contact the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to ask for stricter
control. We also suggest you go to your nearest
hardware store and pick up or order online a
Lead Test Kit, which retails
for only about $4.00. If you find a toy and can identify the brand,
contact the company and/or send them the part. We certainly no longer
agree with their old tagline “If it’s Mattel, it’s Swell.”
What is lead
Back to Basics Products Recalls
Iced Tea Makers Due to Fire Hazard
Made in China
CPSC, Racing Champions Ertl, Inc. Announce
Recall of Children's Toy Toolboxes
WASHINGTON, D.C.- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission (CPSC), Racing Champions Ertl Inc. (RCE), of Dyersville,
Iowa, is voluntarily recalling about 11,600 John Deere Kids Toolboxes.
The toy's carrying handle can break, creating small parts and a sharp
plastic edge that pose a choking and laceration hazard to young
CPSC and RCE have not received any reports of injuries. This recall is
being conducted to prevent the possibility of injuries.
The children's toolbox is a soft-shelled, plastic, green box with a
yellow handle and yellow raised letters that read "John Deere." A John
Deere Kids logo with a fawn inside a red oval is imprinted on the front
of the toolbox. The toolbox is sold with a green and yellow plastic
ratchet wrench and pliers inside. Stamped on the bottom of the product
is "JOHN DEERE LICENSED PRODUCT" and "MADE IN CHINA." All yellow-handled
toolboxes are included in this recall.
John Deere dealers and other farm supply retail stores nationwide sold
the toys from June 2001 through September 2001 for about $13.
Parents and caregivers should take the toy away from young children
immediately and contact RCE at (866) 898-4999 anytime for instructions
on returning these toys and receiving a free replacement toolbox.
John Deere Toolboxes with green handles are not included in this recall.
When is our government going to do something
about this? When is there going to be more oversight of the
imported products being produced in China, a country with virtually no
environmental or health regulations? A recall is just that - The Recall
of products that have already hit the market. These Fisher Price toys
are already being used by children. They were already on the shelves for
the entirety of May, June and July, and sold at retail stores across the
We can't afford to keep catching these things AFTER they get into
circulation. How many parents will not hear about this toy recall? How
many children will continue to play with these recalled Fisher Price
toys, sticking them in their mouths, sucking the lead paint right off of
Lead is a cumulative poison, meaning it builds up over time until the
damage it causes is irreversible including: peripheral neuropathy, a
paralysis in the hands and legs caused by damaged peripheral nerves, and
encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease - among many other adverse
health effects associated with lead poisoning or long-term exposure to
lead, especially in children.
We simply can NOT afford to keep catching these things after they hit
the market! Tell your state representatives to put pressure on the CPSC,
the corporations bringing this stuff in from China, and our border /
port inspection services. I am willing to pay an extra few dollars for a
child's toy if it means it was made in a country with some oversight.
Americans should boycott products made in China until they do something
More Chinese-made children's items
August 23, 2007
Children's toys, notebooks and jewelry made with paint that might
contain high amounts of lead are among the latest round of Chinese
products to be recalled, several companies announced. No injuries
have been reported, but parents are urged to check for these items: •
SpongeBob SquarePants address books and journals, manufactured in China
and imported by Martin Designs Inc., because paint on the metal spiral
bindings can contain high levels of lead. Details: by phone at
866-898-0261; by Web at
http://www.cpsc.gov . • Spinning tops
and pails painted with Thomas & Friends, Curious George, circus scenes
or solid colors. The tops and pails were manufactured in China, imported
by Schylling Associates Inc. and are being recalled because of concern
about paint on the wooden handles. Details: by phone at 800-767-8697; by
Web at http://www.schylling.com
or http://www.cpsc.gov . • TOBY & ME
jewelry sets, imported by TOBY N.Y.C. and made in China, because the
jewelry contains high levels of lead.
The recalled sets are sold in a pink gift box with "TOBY & ME" printed
on the front. T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and A.J. Wright stores sold the
products. Consumers should contact TOBY N.Y.C. for information on
receiving a refund or replacement item. Details: by phone at
866-235-0588; by Web at
http://www.cpsc.gov . • Children's Divine Inspiration Charm
Bracelets, imported by Buy-Rite Designs Inc. and made in China, because
the jewelry contains high levels of lead.
The recalled bracelets have silver-colored charms and clear and pink
beads that hang from a silver-colored chain. Dollar stores and other
small retail stores nationwide sold the product.
Consumers should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund or
contact Buy-Rite for information on how to receive a refund. Details: by
phone at 888-777-7952, ext. 175; by Web at
What’s in your food?
California produce grower
Metz Fresh recalled fresh spinach yesterday
after a sample tested positive for
salmonella, reviving the food safety
concerns from last year, when E. coli-tainted
spinach killed three people and sickened over
Food safety keeps making the headlines.
Earlier this year, a widespread outbreak of
peanut butter made more than 600 people
Pet food products imported from China were
linked to the death of animals.
Who or what’s to blame for the rash of
tainted foods? Will you think twice about
grabbing a salad for lunch or feeding your
children raw vegetables? Have your say…
Outsourcing Complicates Food Recalls
Try searching for a culprit in the 90 brands
caught up in the recent recall of canned chili,
stew and other products, and you weave back to a
That also was the case in recalls of spinach,
pet food and frozen meat.
For some specialty products that require
expensive machinery — like pet food — a limited
number of contract manufacturers, such as Menu
Foods, make products that are sold under dozens
Meat Inc. Recalls 26,000 Pounds of Beef
Abbott's Meat Inc., a Flint, Michigan-based
company, has issued a recall after a routine
inspection by the U.S. Department of Agriculture
uncovered possible E. Coli bacteria
contamination in some of the meat products.
Edward Abbott, head of the company, has said
that most of the meat in question has not left
Category: Food Poisoning
The company has voluntarily sent out trucks to
pick up the questionable meat from restaurants
and hotels that purchase products from Abbott's.
No illnesses have been reported in relation to
Food Products Contain Botulinum
FDA has expanded the original
warning it issued regarding
food produced by Castleberry's
Food Company. The FDA and U.S.
Department of Agriculture
inspected the company's facility
in Georgia before expanding its
recall warning. Consumers are
now being warned that
Castleberry's products may
contain botulinum toxin. The
FDA's new warning is for
consumers who have purchased
certain types of Castleberry's
canned food or dog food
products. Castleberry has
expanded the recall to all
canned food and pet food it
produces, not just the specific
types recalled by the FDA.
Botulinum Toxin can be fatal
and exposure to the toxin in
Castleberry's products has
already caused two people to
become seriously ill. The
company has ceased distribution
of the products in question and
has also decided to recall its
other products containing meat,
due to a
warning from the USDA.
Consumers who have purchased
any of the products in question
should carefully dispose of
The Center for Disease Control
and Prevention has provided
instructions on how to correctly
dispose of the contaminated
products. Stores that sell
Castleberry products should also
dispose of all items that have
botulism poisoning in humans
can occur anywhere from 6 hours
to 2 weeks after ingesting the
contaminated food. Symptoms may
include double or blurred
vision, drooping eyelids,
slurred speech, difficulty
swallowing and muscle weakness.
The pet food produced by
Castleberry's that is being
recalled has not caused any
known illnesses in animals, but
it is still recommended to
dispose of these products.
Consumers that have questions
regarding the contaminated
products can call Castleberry's
hotline at 1-800-203-4412 or the
FDA at 1-888-SAFEFOOD.
For more information on this
subject, please refer to our
Defective and Dangerous Products.
Made in China flip flops from Walmart,
More on flip flops
Johnson & Johnson
follows trail of counterfeits to China
Customer complaints about at-home diabetes test
kits led to the arrest of a Shanghai distributor
of about 1 million phony test strips.
Made in China
Bags of Fresh Spinach
CEDAR RAPIDS -
There's been another
Metz Fresh is
recalling bags of
fresh spinach after
tests showed the
vegetable had traces
So far, there have
been no reports of
The recalled spinach
was sold in 10 and
16 ounce bags and
2.5 lb. and 4 lb.
cartons in the U.S.
If you bought Metz
Fresh spinach simply
throw it out or
return it to the
store for a refund.
Stores Still Selling Potentially Fatal Foods
August 30, 2007
HOUSTON -- Note: The following story is a
verbatim transcript of an Investigators story
that aired on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2007, on KPRC
Local 2 at 10 p.m.
Tonight, Local 2 investigates some of the
products you eat.
For more than a month we've been hearing dire
warnings about certain canned foods and brands
of toothpaste from China. All of these products
are supposed to be off of store shelves and far
away from you and your family.
But when Local 2 investigative reporter Robert
Arnold went shopping, he found several places
still selling these potentially deadly products.
We visited store after store -- finding cans of
recalled food and banned toothpaste still being
sold in Houston discount stores.
"Do you realize this product has been recalled
because of the potential for botulism
poisoning?" Arnold said.
In July, the Castleberry company recalled dozens
of brands of canned food because of the
potential for botulism.
"When you go to the store and buy something to
cook at home and you get sick from it, it's
like, 'God, you can't even eat at home,'"
resident Ken Greer said.
Ken Greer is an unlucky and lucky man. Unlucky
in that he bought cans of Castleberry's hot dog
chili sauce just days before the recall was
"When I got to the doctor I just ached all
over," Greer said.
Lucky in that he was able to recover, but is
still taking antibiotics.
"I'm a pretty big person and what if a little
4-, 5-, 6-year old eats it and has a worse
reaction?" Greer said.
"Eight percent of botulism cases result in
death," attorney Terry Bryant said.
Terry Bryant is Greer's attorney. They contacted
Local 2 Investigates after seeing cans of the
potentially toxic food still on store shelves
more than a month after a recall was announced.
"None of these retailers know who've they've
sold it to," Bryant said.
"I just purchased these in here from you.
They're both recalled," Arnold said.
Every one of the store managers we spoke with
told us they've never heard of a recall.
"You've never gotten any word of a recall at
all? Do you realize this has the potential to
poison people with botulism?" Arnold said.
"I had no idea, sir," a manager said.
"Here's the weak link in the chain. Many small
independent stores do their own shopping either
at discount grocery stores or small, low-level
wholesalers. Then the products sit on the
shelves for weeks or even months. And while
major grocery chains, vendors and wholesalers
get the word of a recall, little mom and pop
stores don't," Arnold reported.
But what about the Food and Drug Administration?
While the agency does spot checks, it doesn't
have the manpower to check every store. That's
why it relies on consumer complaints. And even
then the agency doesn't always react.
Last May, the FDA began warning people about
toothpaste from China containing a potentially
deadly chemical. Nearly a month after that
warning, we found the toothpaste still being
sold at this dollar store on the Northwest
Freeway. We immediately reported it to the FDA.
But when we went back to the same store a month
later, we found nearly 30 tubes still on the
No one from the agency checked on our tip, even
though the FDA's Houston offices are less than
eight miles from this store.
It wasn't until we contacted King Dollar's
corporate offices that the product was pulled.
Officials told us they don't know why that
particular store didn't get the word when all
the others did.
And we got the same response from all the stores
still selling the recalled canned foods. During
each of our visits, managers pulled the cans
from the shelves and threw them all away.
Because of spotty enforcement by the FDA, it's
up to you to know what you're eating. When it
comes to the recalled canned foods, everything
you need to know is right here.
It's called a universal price code.
We've put links below to a list of all the
recalled canned foods and toothpaste from China.
Recalls Various Thomas & Friends™ Wooden Railway
Toys Due to Lead Poisoning Hazard
Importer/Distributor: RC2 Corp., of Oak Brook,
Surface paints on the recalled products contain
lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young
children and can cause adverse health effects.
2007: Chinese exports up,
regulation, reputation down
This year has been a disastrous year for the reputation of imports from
China. Since 1980, when imports first began coming to this country,
china’s economy has grown faster for a longer period of time than any
nation in history, [according to experts at JPMorgan Chase] but the
number of defective, dangerous, and poisonous products from china
imported into the us this year is shocking — in some case, quite
35,000 Chinese-made space heaters that could cause fires were recalled
in January by Family Dollar stores. In February, 6,000 toxic
Chinese-made necklaces for kids were recalled. The food and drug
administration soon warned consumers not to eat any monkfish from China,
because it could actually be deadly puffer fish, whose poisons cannot be
neutralized by cooking. Not to mention 450,000 Chinese-made tires
recalled this year because the treads were installed without gum strips
to prevent separation on the road. Or the Chinese-made hotel toothpaste
recalled because it might contain diethylene glycol, also used in
anti-freeze, which caused over 50 deaths in Panama last year when it
ended up in cough medicine. Or the 19 million toys recalled by
Fisher-Price and Mattel, including Barbies, which had small magnets that
could come lose and choke children, or were contaminated with lead
Yet the product that more than any other seems to have turned the tide
of public opinion against Chinese manufacturers turned out not intended
for humans at all.
Millions of cans of pet food sold in the U.S. suspected of causing
kidney failure and deaths in thousands of pets were recalled in April.
The foods were contaminated in China with melamine, a byproduct of coal
production. The scrap, which is easily dyed to resemble grain, costs
about one-fifth as much as real protein from soy or other healthy
sources, and boosts nitrogen levels to mimic protein when tested. In
this country melamine is used mostly in the making of plastics.
No one knows how many pets died as a result of the contamination, but
the FDA logged more than 18,000 calls on the issue, according to
spokesperson Julie Zawisa. About half the callers reported pet deaths.
Few pet owners conducted autopsies, but a national consortium of pet
clinics, The Pet Hospital, did autopsy 26 pets which died during the
wave of poisonings and linked nine of those deaths to the recalled
foods. Thousands of pet deaths in this country, mostly of cats, were
likely caused by the contamination.
In China, melamine for years has been mixed into feed products for pets,
chicken, pigs and fish. After the pet food recall, the government
officially banned the practice, but the pet food recall in the U.S. was
not reported in China in the government-controlled press, and
supplementing animal feed with melamine appears to be continuing on a
local level. Chinese manufacturers have not recalled
melamine-contaminated feeds and consider it harmless in small
Chinese Blankets Recalled Over
Chinese-made blankets found to contain high levels of formaldehyde have
been recalled across Australia and New Zealand, the distributor said
Wednesday, amid rising global concerns about the safety of Chinese
The voluntary recall by Australian-based Charles Parsons came two days
after the New Zealand government launched an urgent investigation after
scientists found dangerous levels of formaldehyde in woolen and cotton
clothes made in China.
A range of Chinese exports - from pet food ingredients to toothpaste -
have come under international scrutiny in recent months. Toy company
Mattel Inc. (nyse: MAT - news - people ) issued two recalls of
Chinese-made toys this summer because of lead-tainted paint and tiny
magnets that could be swallowed by children.
Formaldehyde - a chemical preservative that gives a permanent press
effect to clothes and is also used as an embalming fluid - can cause
problems ranging from skin rashes to cancer.
Charles Parsons decline to release the total number of blankets
involved, but spokesman Mark Bilton said "there's a lot" in Australia
and about 800 in New Zealand.
Tests had shown the formaldehyde level in the "Superlux" label blankets
was "above the European and U.S. standards. There are no standards in
Australia and New Zealand so it's a voluntary recall," he said.
Toy scare worried day cares
Matthew Barton, Leader-Post
Published: Saturday, August 25, 2007
Allison Tholl felt a wave of panic crash against her when the recent toy
recalls made headlines.
"Instantly I thought, 'We're going to have to search through
everything,'" Tholl, the director of Sandcastle Day Care, said Friday.
Mattel recalled more than 18 million products,
including products from the Polly Pocket, Diego, Barbie and Cars toy
lines. Problems ranging from loose magnets to lead paint are projected
to cost Mattel more than $40 million.
"Some of the toys are donated by families, so it's tough to know exactly
what you have," said Tholl.
The day care didn't have any of the recalled toys, which left Tholl
"We've been pretty lucky with it," said Tholl. "No parents have
expressed concerns regarding the toy recall."
Directors from every day care in Regina meet monthly to discuss
concerns. Tholl said September's meeting is likely to include the toy
scare and how to improve communication between day cares during recalls.
There has been some confusion among consumers as to how to return the
recalled toys to Mattel.
Wal-Mart is accepting tainted toys on behalf of Mattel. The receipt and
box are not required and customers can get an exchange or refund,
according to Chrisi Gallagher, a spokeswoman for Wal-Mart Canada.
"Store managers have been directed to take back the toys," said
Gallagher. "Mattel is standing behind its retailers. We want to take
care of our customers."
Regina's Wal-Mart in the Southland Mall reported having no toy returns
and very few inquiries about the recall itself.
"No toys have been brought back yet," said Terry Stanley, the store
manager. "But we're ready to go. Very little was pulled off the shelves
and we've got safeguards at the registers."
Wal-Mart's computer system at the cash register can spot flagged items
before they are sold to the customer in case a recalled toy was missed
during the removal of recalled products.
"It wasn't as bad as we expected. We've got great safeguards to stop the
purchase of recalled items," said Stanley.
He expects the number of toys brought back and recall inquiries to
increase within the next two weeks as consumers double-check toys with
information found online.
Mattel's Web site ( www.mattel.com
) provides a full list of all the recalled items and instructions on how
to return them to retailers.
"The whole idea is that we get the message out to the consumer to
protect them," said Stanley.
Children’s Charm Bracelets Sold by Buy-Rite Recalled Due
to Risk of Lead Exposure
Name of Product: Children’s Divine Inspiration Charm Bracelets
The recent health and safety scares that led to major toy and food
recalls highlight the pressures facing companies that export their
manufacturing, and just how quickly a corporate image can become
The actions followed news of pet deaths blamed on tainted wheat gluten
and rice protein exported from China, and the recall of toothpaste made
in China that contained a chemical used in antifreeze.
More outsourcing translating into
Fri, Sep. 07, 2007
“The good news is that these products are being identified — but the
biggest challenge is getting the product out of the consumer’s homes,”
said commission spokeswoman Arlene Flecha.
Meanwhile — because many of this summer’s recalled products have been
made in China — a summit is set for Tuesday in Washington, D.C., between
the U.S. and Chinese governments to discuss safety, Flecha said
Health Canada has issued a consumer alert after
tests revealed dangerously high levels of lead in Chinese
made cellphone charms
It is being reported that Health Canada has issued warnings pertaining
to some more Chinese made products due to them containing high levels of
The warning is due to the fact that some Chinese made cellphone charms
have been found to contain high levels of lead, and could be quite
dangerous for young children.
Children tend to put anything and everything in their mouths, and Health
Canada is warning that the cellphone charms in question be kept well out
of their reach.
It is estimated that nearly 54,000 of the cellphone charms were sold at
Dollarama stores in Canada between July 2006 and August 2007.
There have yet to be any Canadian cases of lead poisoning to be reported
linked to the cellphone charms and Health Canada states that if they are
used in the manner that they are meant to be used in, then the risk is
very low of lead poisoning.
The cellphone charm, is approximately 15 mm in diameter, is silver and
in the shape of a purse with a handle. A yellow painted flower is
painted on the purse.
Every day millions of our dollars are being sucked into a country whose
government desires no less than the destruction of the United States.
It's time to put this to a stop.
Children’s Trailer Bicycles; Can
Detach from Adult Bicycle and Injure Children
Manufactured in: China
Kids II Recalls Baby Einstein Color Blocks Due to
Violation of Lead Paint Standard
Name of Product: Baby Einstein Discover & Play Color Blocks
Units: About 35,000
Distributor: Kids II Inc., of Alpharetta, Ga.
Hazard: Surface paint on the blue block contains excessive levels of
lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
Sold at: Various retailers and specialty stores nationwide from June
2007 through September 2007 for between $10 and $13.
Manufactured in: China
Dollar General Recalls Frankenstein Tumblers Due to
Violation of Lead Paint Standard
Name of Product: Frankenstein Tumblers
Units: About 63,000
Importer: Dollar General Merchandising Inc., of Goodlettsville, Tenn.
Hazard: Surface paint on the center of the eyes of some of the cups can
contain high levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
Description: The recall includes green, plastic, Frankenstein
Sold at: Dollar General stores nationwide in September 2007 for about
Manufactured in: China
K Toys Recalls Wooden Toys Due to Violation of Lead
Name of Products: Wooden Pull-Along Alphabet & Math Blocks Wagons,
Wooden Pull-Along Learning Blocks Wagons, 10-in-1 Activity Learning
Carts, and Flip-Flop Alphabet Blocks
Units: About 10,000
Importer: KB Toys, Inc., of Pittsfield, Mass.
Hazard: Surface paints on the toys can contain excessive levels of lead,
violating the federal lead paint standard.
Sold at: KB Toys stores nationwide. The Pull-Along Wagons were sold from
August 2005 to August 2007 for between $9 and $13. The 10-in-1 Activity
Learning Carts were sold from August 2006 to September 2007 for about
$30. The Flip-Flop Alphabet Blocks were sold from August 2006 to
September 2007 for about $7.
Manufactured in: China
Suspect car fuses
Chinese-made parts could overload, damage wiring
Tires made in China recalled
Beijing blames new rules for toy recall
First came reports early this year of dozens of deaths
in Panama, after people used cold medicines containing diethylene
glycol, improperly labeled as glycerin, from China. Then there was the
news that pet food from China laced with melamine, a coal derivative,
had sickened and killed thousands of pets, toy trains painted with
lead-based paints, lethal antibiotics and car tires that burst. The list
goes on. http://tinyurl.com/2ego7n
Just saying no to China
Is China trying to poison Americans and their pets?
U.S. flag? Made in China
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Tanya Williams hates to buy Chinese-manufactured goods.
But like many American parents, she believes she has little choice.
"It's very hard to find American-made," Williams, 36, of Aspinwall, said
as she walked out of the Wal-Mart at Waterworks Mall with her three
children. "You don't know whether it's lead-free. I've been looking at
the labels, but they don't say."
Williams' concerns are common and legitimate, consumer advocacy analysts
said, particularly as global backlash mounts against China due to a
surge of recalled, potentially toxic exports.
In recent months, high levels of chemicals and toxins were found in a
range of Chinese exports, including toothpaste, seafood, pet food
ingredients and toys. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission this
week recalled four more toy products made in China, including SpongeBob
SquarePants address books and journals, spinning tops and charm
bracelets. All might contain hazardous levels of lead.
The recalls have many Americans questioning goods stamped "Made in
China," said Rachel Weintraub, director of product safety at Consumer
Federation of America.
"Consumers are very wary -- they don't know what to do," Weintraub said.
"I don't know if you can see it, necessarily, in terms of actual
purchasing decisions yet. (But) they're concerned that products from
China could harm their children.
"It's a very scary feeling to have," she said.
Parents are frightened because nobody knows if more recalls will follow,
or if toys in their homes are toxic, said Janell Mayo Duncan of the
Consumers Union, a nonprofit advocacy group that publishes Consumer
"Considering that we don't even know the scope of the problem, it's a
big concern," Duncan said. "Lead in the paint? That's just a no-brainer.
I think parents are right to be concerned."
More than 80 percent of all toys in the United States are made in China,
and every toy recall this year has been for products manufactured in
China, Duncan said.
This presents a problem for parents - especially those on a tight budget
- because the biggest toy retailers in the nation offer few
American-made toys beyond playing cards, puzzles and some board games,
analysts and local shoppers said.
"I don't want to buy any of that stuff from China, but it's tough to
find American-made products," said Janet Boyle, 70, of O'Hara, who
bought action figures made in China from Wal-Mart.
The Tribune-Review visited a local Wal-Mart, Target and Toys "R" Us and
found aisles of toys mostly made in China. Fake U.S. money, Play-Doh,
Etch a Sketches and wooden alphabet puzzles are made in China. Hot
Wheels and NASCAR toys, plus a Motor City Muscle Camaro model - an
officially licensed product of General Motors - are made in China.
The board games Monopoly and Twister are partially made in China.
Wal-Mart sells an American flag that was made in China. It costs $9.96.
Wal-Mart officials would not comment for this story. Target did not
return phone calls.
Toys "R" Us said it believes consumers are less concerned with country
of origin than with safety.
"What we are hearing is (that) it doesn't matter where they're from,
just tell me they're safe," said spokeswoman Kathleen Waugh. She added,
however, that Toys "R" Us is "looking at additional manufacturers" of
Though it is too soon since the recalls to determine whether consumer
purchasing habits will change, officials said mounting concerns could
revive a "Buy American" campaign.
Dick Laird, the president and founder of BuyAmerican.com in Pittsfield
in Warren County, which sells and promotes American-made products, said
the number of people signing up for the site's newsletter has more than
doubled in recent months.
"I think people have had enough of China, period," said Laird, who
estimates between 40 and 60 people sign up for his newsletter each day.
Ohio-based toy manufacturer Step2 also is seeing more interest in
American-made toys, the company said.
"We've had a 300-percent increase in Web site traffic" since a recent
recall of millions of Mattel Inc. toys made in China, said Step2
spokeswoman Dotti Foltz. "And every day you're seeing more recalls. I
think we'll have more consumers looking for American-made toys."
Duncan said consumers demand cheap toys and that forces manufacturers
and retailers to cut costs. Importers and the government must increase
testing of overseas products, she said.
"They have not been able to get ahead of this problem, and the number of
Chinese products being imported is going up and up and up," she said.
"The government has ignored signs that this is a growing problem."
Recalls roll on
# Aug. 22: The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled about
250,000 SpongeBob SquarePants address books and journals. Officials said
paint on the metal spiral bindings could contain high levels of lead.
# Aug. 14: CPSC recalled 7.3 million Polly Pocket dolls and accessories
and about 1 million Doggie Day Care play sets by Mattel. Small magnets
inside the dolls and accessories can be swallowed or aspirated. If more
than one magnet is swallowed, the magnets can attract each other and
cause intestinal perforation or blockage, which can be fatal.
# Aug. 2: CPSC recalled 967,000 Sesame Street, Dora the Explorer, and
other children's toys by Fisher-Price. Officials said surface paints
could contain excessive levels of lead.
# June 26: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recalled
about 450,000 tires made in China. Officials warned that treads on the
tires could separate while driving at highway speeds, possibly resulting
in a crash or death.
# June 13: CPSC recalled about 1.5 million Thomas & Friends Wooden
Railway Toys. Officials said the surface paints contain lead.
# June 1: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned consumers to
avoid tubes of toothpaste made in China because they might contain the
poisonous chemical diethylene glycol (DEG), which is used in antifreeze
and as a solvent.
# March 15: The FDA announced that certain pet foods are sickening and
killing cats and dogs. The FDA found contaminants in vegetable proteins
imported into the United States from China and used as ingredients in
SOURCES: U.S. CPSC, FDA, NHTSA
Mattel Recalls Batman™ and One Piece™ Magnetic Action
Figure Sets Due To Magnets Coming Loose
Batman™ and One Piece™ magnetic action figure sets
Importer: Mattel Inc., of El Segundo, Calif.
See List: http://tinyurl.com/ypmevh
Licensed Character Toys Due To Lead Poisoning Hazard
Name of Product: Sesame Street, Dora the Explorer, and other children's
Importer: Fisher-Price Inc., of East Aurora, N.Y
Hazard: Surface paints on the toys could contain excessive levels of
lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse
Manufactured in: China
See List: http://tinyurl.com/35dodk
Fisher Price toy models involved
Recall set for 1
million cribs Maufactured in China
Recall of about 1 million Chinese-manufactured
cribs following the death of two infants,
The Simplicity Inc. cribs were sold from January
1998 through May 2007 for $100 to $300. The
crib's design allows consumers to install its
so-called drop side (the crib panel that can be
lowered) upside down, which can weaken the
hardware and cause the drop side to detach.
Infants can become trapped in the gap created
when the drop side detaches, according to the
Lunch Bag Recall
The canvas lunch boxes that
showed elevated levels of lead were green with a
logo reading EAT FRUITS & VEGETABLES AND BE
ACTIVE. Approximately 56,000 of these lunch
boxes have been distributed throughout
California at health fairs and other events.
When California's Department of Health handed
out lunch boxes it had healthy meals in mind.