Wednesday, June 20, 2007

No China Diet: Toys

Concerned about toys from China? I certainly am, and I hardly buy toys.

Under the Bush administration, the number of staff at the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which regulates imported toys, has been cut by 10%. That means fewer imports from China are being checked to see if they are safe. Meanwhile, 70-80% of toys sold in this country come from China.

You'll remember that 1.5 million Thomas & Friends toys were recalled recently because they were coated in lead paint while they were made in China. Last month, strange eyeball toys were recalled because they were full of kerosene. Yes, kerosene. And then there was the Easy Bake Oven that could trap and burn fingers. All made in China. All sold in U.S.

There are a lot of reasons not to buy products made in China, which I've discussed before. So if supporting workers' rights isn't enough incentive for you, the threat of finding kerosene in your children's toys might be.

Consider reading As More Toys Are Recalled, Trail Ends in China and then signing up for notifications of recalls on the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission.