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China Killed Your Dog; Now You and Your Kids are at Risk Too!

China Recalls

Take a moment to see how your congressman voted on H R 4444
Permanent Most Favored Status for trade for communist China.

Foods, Toys, School Supplies, Clothing, Pet Foods, Tires  'Recalled'  all in the name of NAFTA, WTO, NAU and "Global or Free Trade', U.S. International Trade, IMF, World Bank. GATT...

 and it's just beginning!

Name changed to hide 'Superhighway'?
A 1998 document which WND has obtained shows the North American SuperCorridor Coalition, or NASCO, was originally named the North American Superhighway Coalition.

Red Alert! Boycott Made In China

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Toxic Toys: Testosterone & Toxic Chemicals in Everyday Products - 18 min


NEW! Baby formula recall in China after infant death


8/26/07: Lou Dobbs Dangerous Imports - made in China

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is one of the leading causes of death in dogs and cats.New weapons in renal protection. Check out this new product for your pets. Made in USA    'Epakitin'

Lab Tests Find Painkiller in Samples of Pet Food

Wal-Mart Dungeon in China

Officials Say Lead Poisoning Harms
Youngest Kids Most


Recalls20% of Chinese toys, baby clothes fail safety inspections
Inspectors found garbage stuffed in plush toys, harmful chemicals in baby milk powder
Last Updated: Monday, May 28, 2007 | 11:10 AM ET
CBC News About 20 per cent of toys and baby clothes manufactured in China failed safety tests and could hurt children, the Beijing News reported Monday.
The newspaper, which attributed the figure to Chinese officials, said an investigation by the General Administration of Quality Supervision said that when it tested children's toys and clothing, one in five of the items failed safety inspections.
Inspectors found that some manufacturers stuffed plush toys with low-quality fibre — and garbage.
Some toys sold within the country were so poorly assembled that loose parts could easily pull free, the department said.
It also discovered that some baby clothes and baby milk powder contained chemicals that could pose serious health risks to children.
The Xinhua news agency reported last week that as of June 1, toys will have to pass a safety test before they can be introduced into the marketplace.

Trouble in Toyland: 21st Annual Toy Safety Survey


Pet Food Recall - PURINA
Baby died on 04/21/07
Video can be seen here:

Pet Food Claims Animal Lives
A widespread contamination of pet food has been linked to the deaths of several dogs and cats and thousands of reports of sick animals throughout the country.

Since March 16, cat and dog food sold under more than 100 brand names have been recalled

How to Check for Recalled Toys


Health Canada issues recall of lead-tainted pencils Sept 1, 2007
Health Canada and Amscan Canada announced Saturday the voluntary recall of 140,000 units of Favor Set brand pencils due to a high lead level found in the coating of the pencils. The pencils were manufactured in China.
These pencils should immediately be taken away from children, as sucking or chewing on a such lead-tainted pencils can cause adverse health effects, especially in young children. There is no risk of lead exposure from holding a pencil with a coating that contains lead.

"Polly Pocket" bags sit on a shelf in a store in Arlington, Virginia, August 14, 2007. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is investigating the timeliness of toy company Mattel Inc's disclosures before its most recent recall, the Wall Street Journal reported in its online edition on Tuesday.


Lead in jewelry bill vetoed
Spitzer says legislation would not protect children.

September 4, 2007
ALBANY -- Gov. Eliot Spitzer has vetoed legislation to limit lead in costume jewelry, particularly products marketed to children, saying it would be difficult to enforce and ineffective.
"I am constrained to veto this bill because it would not effectively protect children and others from the hazards posed by lead in jewelry, and it would be a mistake to provide a false sense of security to consumers and parents, especially given this bill's problematic enforcement scheme," he said in a written explanation of his action.
Spitzer said he was not convinced the lead limits specified in the bill would sufficiently protect children and others


Geo Trax Locomotive Toys
Importer: Fisher-Price Inc., of East Aurora, N.Y
Surface paints on the toys contain excessive levels of lead.

Big Big World 6-in-1 Bongo Band toys
Importer: Fisher-Price Inc., of East Aurora, N.Y.
Surface paints on the toys contain excessive levels of lead, which violates the federal law prohibiting lead paint on children's toys.

Mattel Recalls 844,000 Barbie, Other Toys With Lead (Update2)
Mattel Inc., the world's largest toymaker, recalled 844,000 Chinese-made Barbie and Fisher-Price products whose paint may contain excessive levels of lead, its third recall in the past five weeks.
Mattel has recalled about 21 million Chinese-made products in three separate instances because the toys contained unsafe levels of lead paint or had magnets that children may be able to swallow. The toymaker continues to find more defective products as it tests toys made from Chinese vendors.
Global Recall

 News agency Associated Press said the recall covers 675,000 Barbie accessory toys manufactured between September 30, 2006 and August 20, 2007.

Additional Reports of Magnets Detaching from Polly Pocket Play Sets Prompts Expanded Recall by Mattel
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of Products: Various Polly Pocket dolls and accessories with magnets
Units: About 7.3 million play sets (about 2.4 million play sets were recalled on November 21, 2006)
Importer: Mattel Inc., of El Segundo, Calif.
Hazard: Small magnets inside the dolls and accessories can come loose. The magnets can be found by young children and 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.
Incidents/Injuries: Since the previous recall announcement, Mattel has received more than 400 additional reports of magnets coming loose. CPSC was aware in the first recall announcement of 170 reports of the magnets coming out of the recalled toys. There had been three reports of serious injuries to children who swallowed more than one magnet. All three suffered intestinal perforations that required surgery.
Description: The recalled Polly Pocket play sets contain plastic dolls and accessories that have small magnets. The magnets measure 1/8 inch in diameter and are embedded in the hands and feet of some dolls, and in the plastic clothing, hairpieces and other accessories to help the pieces attach to the doll or to the doll’s house. The model number is printed on the bottom of the largest pieces on some of the play sets. Products manufactured after November 1, 2006 and are currently on store shelves are not included in this recall. Contact Mattel if you cannot find a model number on your product to determine if it is part of the recall.
Sold at: Toy stores and various other retailers from May 2003 through November 2006 for between $15 and $30.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately take these recalled toys away from children and contact Mattel to receive a voucher for a replacement toy of the customer’s choice, up to the value of the returned product.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, call Mattel toll-free at (888) 597-6597 anytime, or visit the firm’s Web site at

Dangerous Toy List

Toy-related Deaths, 1990-2005

Our FDA and FTC petitions on toxic toys.
Most recent recalls issued by CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission):
-Priddy "Trucks" Shaker Teether Books
-SpongeBob SquarePants™ address books and journals
-Thomas and Friends, Curious George, and other spinning tops and tin pails
-Children's charm bracelets sold by Buy-Rite
-Children's Metal Jewelry sold by TOBY N.Y.C.
-Hampton Direct's Magnetic Toy Train sets
-Polly Pocket Play Sets
-Doggie Day Care™ Magnetic Toys
-Barbie and Tanner™ Magnetic Toys
-"Sarge" Die Cast Toy Cars
-Batman™ and One Piece™ Magnetic Action Figure Sets
-Fisher-Price Recalls Licensed Character Toys
-Children's Watering Cans at Jo-Ann's Fabric and Craft Stores

Toys 'R' Us Recalls Chinese Art Sets
Toys "R" Us is recalling thousands of art sets made in China due to excessive levels of lead in some black watercolor paints.
Toys "R" Us bought the sets from Funtastic, a unit of a Hong Kong distribution company called FPL Group (nyse: FPL - news - people ). They are manufactured by a company in Ningbo, China, called Danxiang International Trading.
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Chinese product woes — Poll: Most say United States shares blame

School Supplies Made in China Contain Lead

Strike China from the shopping list? Good luck.
One experiment highlights how much U.S. consumers
rely on those imports.

In July, Hasbro recalled Chinese-made Easy Bake ovens, marking the second time the toy had been recalled this year.



Chinese-made boots recalled in US over electric shock risk
Some 9,500 Chinese-made steel-toed boots were recalled Tuesday in the United States amid fears wearers could suffer electric shock, the consumer protection agency announced.
The recall -- the eighth in the US this month of Chinese-made products, according to an AFP tally -- involves Caterpillar brand loggers' boots with steel-tipped toes, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a statement released with the US manufacturer of the footwear, Wolverine World Wide.
"The recalled logger boots could be incorrectly labeled as resistant to electrical current. This poses a shock hazard to consumers who come in contact with an electrical current," the statement said.
The footwear was sold around the United States in women's and men's sizes between September last year and July, for between 90 dollars and 130 dollars (60-90 euros) a pair.
A spate of recalls of Chinese-made goods sold in the United States has tarnished the "Made in China" label in the eyes of many consumers and led to calls for tougher regulation.
Six of the eight recalls in the United States this month involved toys, including one global recall by Mattel which affected 18 million children's play things.

Seafood imports from China raised in untreated sewage

Fish products consumed by Americans treated with dangerous drugs, chemicals
China, the leading exporter of seafood to the U.S., is raising most of its fish products in water contaminated with raw sewage and compensating by using dangerous drugs and chemicals, many of which are banned by the Food and Drug Administration.

An example of one of the products recalled by Mattel's Fisher-Price unit in an image courtesy of the Consumer Product Safety Commission

Video commentary No. 8: Chinese tire recall
September 4, 2007
The eighth  video commentary by Modern Tire Dealer Editor Bob Ulrich is up and running. And his candidness concerning Chinese tire imports may surprise you.
The link to the video -- "Chinese tire recall" -- is located near the upper right-hand corner of our home page under "Video Highlights."
With Chinese imports getting all sorts of unwanted publicity lately, the recall of 250,000 light truck tires manufactured by Hangzhou Zhongce Rubber Co. Ltd. and sold domestically by Foreign Tire Sales Inc. has received national attention.
How will the recall affect the flow of tires from China to the United States? Check out the video to find out!
We are not only updating the videos on a continual basis, but also archiving past videos in an easily usable manner. A year ago, Ulrich commented on "China's effect on the U.S. tire market." Despite the recall, his opinion on that subject hasn't changed.
We've also made it easy for you to comment on the video; you can voice your opinion with a simple mouse click! So check out the latest video, and let us know what you think!




Review the recall announcement.

Fisher-Price Toy Recall List
Nearly 1 MillionToys Made In China Recalled For Excessive Amounts Of Lead

Hot Wheels

Safety Agency, Mattel Clash Over Disclosures

Amid two high-profile toy recalls this summer, Mattel Inc. has said its highest priority is protecting children by pulling defective products off store shelves as soon as hazards emerge.

But the company's own definition of such a timely response differs sharply from the government's -- as Mattel openly acknowledges. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says that manufacturers must report all claims of potentially hazardous product defects within 24 hours, with few exceptions.

Mattel, in at least three major cases since the late 1990s -- including last month's recall of nearly 18 million playsets studded with potentially dangerous magnets -- took months to gather information. In two of the cases, it collected scores of complaints for months before disclosing them to the agency.


China's problems with lead go beyond toys
Updated Wed. Aug. 15 2007 10:12 PM ET News Staff
Chinese-made vinyl baby bibs should be pulled from store shelves because they may contain too much lead paint, an environmental group said Wednesday, in the latest allegation of shoddy manufacturing to hit the country.
The bibs, sold in Toys "R" Us stores in the U.S., have amounts of lead up to four times what the Environmental Protection Agency allows in paint, claimed the California-based Center for
Toys "R" Us said earlier tests concluded the bibs had acceptable limits of lead, but is now testing the products again.
The environmental group bought four bibs in the San Francisco Bay-area and tested them at a private lab.
Earlier this week, Mattel Inc., the largest U.S. toy company, recalled millions more Chinese-made toys on Tuesday due to safety risks from lead paint and warned it may recall additional products as it steps up testing.
More than 80 per cent of the world's toys are manufactured in China, and many are from small producers that are resistant to regulation. They make cheap plastic, metal and wooden toys that often have a lead content well above internationally accepted limits and even above limits set by the Chinese government.
Lead is often added to paint to make colours brighter. But it's also well known to cause damage to the nervous and reproductive systems and lead to brain damage and birth defects.
China has joined developed countries in tightening controls on lead, but the rules are difficult to enforce in a society with a thriving underground industry producing substandard goods. And low-level authorities often are reluctant to force changes that might hurt local companies.
With the recent recall of Chinese-made toothpaste, pet foods and tires, the country is gaining a reputation for goods that are shoddy and hazardous.
"It does hurt the made-in-China label in the short term, definitely," says journalist James McGregor, author of One Billion Customers.
"Whether it hurts the made-in-China label in the long term is up to China and cleaning up their act and being transparent."
But the authoritarian-run Chinese government is not known for its transparency, and on state television, there has not been a mention of one of the world's largest toy recalls.
For Chinese parents, worries about lead competes with worries about the many other toxins in the heavily polluted country. While the country has phased out leaded gasoline, house paint, old pipes and buildings and factories are still big sources of lead and poisonings are frequent.
Last year, 877 villagers near a lead smelter in the northwest's Gansu province, including 334 children under 14, suffered lead poisoning, according to state media. The smelter's owners later admitted they ran it at night with its pollution-control gear turned off to save money, news reports said.
A study of 5,000 children in Dongguan, a boomtown near Hong Kong, found that 22.1 per cent had lead in their blood in excess of safe levels, according to the newspaper Yangcheng Evening News.
Still, analysts say the blame doesn't lie only with Chinese manufacturers. They point to major foreign buyers that are demanding lower and lower prices, forcing Chinese factories to cut corners.
China is undergoing its industrial revolution, and that means many regulatory bodies are simply not yet up to standard or even non-existent. They are receiving help from the American FDA and European Union to build such regulations, but it will take time.
At the same time, factory owners are having to increase wages due to a labour shortage spurred by China's one-child policy.
"If they were transparent about the pressure their factory owners are under to cut prices, if they're transparent about how they have a lot of poor people, and how this is a developing country that is just getting its regulatory system together, people would be sympathetic," believes McGregor.
How quickly the made-in-China label recovers depends in large part on China's honesty with the world. But with the Olympics less than a year away, the image-conscious nation may find it hard to admit its weaknesses.
With a report from Steve Chao, CTV Beijing Bureau Chief. China acted to improve the quality of Chinese products by executing Zheng Xiaoyu, the former head of China's agency of food and drug safety in July for taking bribes. But the problem has not gone away, and the continuing avalanche of poisonings, recalls, and warnings has had a major effect on public opinion. A recent Zogby poll found that 82 percent of Americans were “concerned” about buying goods from China, and just 30 percent were confident food from China was safe. Such fears appear well-founded.
After finding cancer-causing chemicals and banned antibiotics in nearly one-quarter of all tested seafood products from China, this spring the FDA ordered a hold put on the importation of catfish, shrimp, and other seafood from China. But a recent investigation by the Associated Press found that one of every four seafood shipments from China reached our supermarkets without being inspected at all, despite the FDA "hold." Consumer advocates weren’t surprised.
The FDA can’t keep up with food imports from China, up almost 25 percent last year, because the agency has 635 inspectors nationwide to look at more than 300,000 shipments of food expected from Asia alone, not to mention the rest of the world.
Nor were the experts surprised that China continued to flout regulation.
"The Chinese have a long record of cheating on patents and copyrights," points out Consumer Federation of America official Carole Tucker-Freeman. "Why did we think they would play by the rules when it comes to food?"

Toxic Chemical Leaches from Popular Baby Bottles

The five bottle brands tested include: Avent, Dr. Brown’s, Evenflo, Gerber, and Playtex.
All five bottle brands leached bisphenol A at levels found to cause harm in numerous laboratory animal studies.
Bisphenol A is most commonly used to make clear polycarbonate plastic for consumer products, such as baby bottles. Through use, this plastic breaks down and leaches bisphenol A into liquids and food to which it comes into contact.
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Toys 'R' Us recalls paint sets from China

Woman Says Wal-Mart’s Tainted Pet Treats Killed Her Dog
August 29th, 2007
Melamine-tainted pet treats sold at Wal-Mart might have been responsible for the death of an Ohio woman’s Yorkshire Terrier.
Wal-Mart announced last week that Chinese-made Chicken Jerky Strips from the Import Pingyang Pet Product Co and Chicken Jerky made by Shanghai Bestro Trading were both tainted with melamine. Wal-Mart had removed the contaminated pet treats from stores on July 26 following complaints from customers who said the food had made their dogs sick. But the company waited to warn consumers about the dangerous dog treats until test results confirmed the melamine contamination. Cole told a reporter from the Ohio television station WKYC that Wal-Mart’s delay might have cost her dog its life. The 5-year-old Yorkshire Terrier developed sudden kidney failure after eating the Bestro Chicken Jerky Treats, and died soon after. Though there is no way to confirm that the melamine in the treats were to blame for the dog’s sudden illness, such symptoms have been connected to other melamine-tainted pet foods.

Humans at risk from tainted pet food?
Federal officials confirmed Thursday they are investigating whether pork products intended for humans are contaminated with the same industrial chemical that prompted a massive pet food recall and sickened cats and dogs nationwide.
Researchers also have identified three other contaminants in the urine and kidneys of animals sickened or killed after eating the recalled foods, including cyanuric acid, a chemical commonly used in pool chlorination, three researchers told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Cyanuric acid is what most likely sickened pets, one researcher said.
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Pet Food Contamination Scandal Spreads to Pork, FDA Opens Criminal Investigation
California Hogs Were Fed Contaminated Feed
It was only a matter of time before the broadening global pet food contamination scandal spread to human food. Now it has done so and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has opened a criminal investigation after reports that more than 100 hogs were given contaminated food and later wound up on dinner tables.
The hogs were slaughtered in California's Central Valley after eating feed that contained rice protein tainted with melamine, the industrial chemical that has sickened and killed dogs and cats around the world.
People who bought pork from the American Hog Farm in Ceres, Calif., between April 3 and April 18 are being advised not to eat the meat, although California health officials said there have been no reports of illness in either people or the hogs. Authorities are trying to track down all the purchasers.
"The risk is minimal, but the investigation is very early on," said Kevin Reilly of the California Department of Health Services.



China's toy story turns nasty after new recall

A Chinese farmer with his harvest of catfish which he bred on his farm in China's eastern province of Zhejiang.

Dog Food & Treats
8/22/07 3:46pm ET

 CHINA: All's quiet in, around offices at core of probe
"There is no clear evidence showing that melamine is the direct cause of the poisoning or death of the pets," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing argued in a prepared statement. "China is willing to strengthen cooperation with the U.S. side … to find out the real cause leading to the pet deaths in order to protect the health of the pets of the two countries."
In a sign of government urgency, Chinese police two days ago sealed the headquarters of Binzhou Futian Bio-Technology, which exported rice protein concentrate to the USA for use in pet food. Paper strips were pasted across the doors of the eight ground-floor rooms the company rents in Wudi County, a five-hour drive southeast of Beijing.

A List of Recalled Toothpaste Made in China

Check Your Hotel Toothpaste Before Using! Another Chinese Toothpaste Recall

08/22/07: Costco Wholesale Corp. announced a recall of its Kirkland Signature Super Premium Lamb and Rice canned dog pet food with sell by dates of Aug. 21 2008 to April 15 of 2009. The food was made by American Nutrition using rice protein concentrate from Wilbur-Ellis, which imported the product from Binzhou Futian in China. Costco will mail 230,000 letters to all members who purchased the canned food on Friday, said Craig Wilson, food safety chief for Costco.
Chenango Valley Pet Foods also has begun voluntarily recalling pet foods manufactured with a certain shipment of rice protein concentrate it received from Wilbur-Ellis, the company said Thursday.
The pet foods were sold to customers in Wisconsin, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, who in turn sold the products to their customers through catalog mail orders or retail outlets.

China executes ex-head of food and drug agency

Chinese toymaker commits suicide after recall

More Fisher-Price Imported from China Toys  Surface paints on the toys could contain excessive levels of lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.

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Hazardous Stationery
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.

Mislabeled Monkfish
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 paralysis.

Recalled Railway Toys
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 case.

Falling Hammocks
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.

An Unstable Nursery
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 or entrapment. 

Electric Palms
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.

Detachable Saws
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.

Out of 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.

Toxic Toothpaste
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 Releases):
Doggie Day Care Magnetic Toys
Polly Pocket Play Sets
Barbie and Tanner Magnetic Toys
Batman and One Piece Magnetic Action Figure Sets





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 Exposure
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 Loose


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.

What can 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 poisoning?

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 children.
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 US.
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 the toy?
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 about this!

More Chinese-made children's items recalled
Associated Press
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   or . • 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  or . • 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 . • 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  or

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 200.

Food safety keeps making the headlines. Earlier this year, a widespread outbreak of salmonella from peanut butter made more than 600 people sick. 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 single manufacturer.
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 of brands. 

Abbott's 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 the warehouse.
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 this incident.

Castleberry Food Products Contain Botulinum Toxin

Category: Food Poisoning

The 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 them. 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 been recalled.

Symptoms of 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 section on Defective and Dangerous Products.

Made in China flip flops from Walmart, chemical burns.
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Bags of Fresh Spinach Recalled

By Becky Ogann

CEDAR RAPIDS - There's been another spinach recall. California-based Metz Fresh is recalling bags of fresh spinach after tests showed the vegetable had traces of salmonella.

So far, there have been no reports of illnesses.

The recalled spinach was sold in 10 and 16 ounce bags and 2.5 lb. and 4 lb. cartons in the U.S. and Canada.

If you bought Metz Fresh spinach simply throw it out or return it to the store for a refund.

Local 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 announced.
"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 shelves.
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.

RC2 Corp. Recalls Various Thomas & Friends™ Wooden Railway Toys Due to Lead Poisoning Hazard
Importer/Distributor: RC2 Corp., of Oak Brook, Ill.
Surface paints on the recalled products contain lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.
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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 literally.
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 paint.
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 quantities.

Chinese Blankets Recalled Over Chemical-
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 products.
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 breathing easy.
"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 (  ) 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 tarnished.
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 more recalls
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 lead.
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.

Boycott China
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 head-shaped tumblers.
Sold at: Dollar General stores nationwide in September 2007 for about $1.
Manufactured in: China

K Toys Recalls Wooden Toys Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
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 recalled
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.

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 Reports.

"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 American-made toys.

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 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 pet food.


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.
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Fisher-Price Recalls Licensed Character Toys Due To Lead Poisoning Hazard
Name of Product: Sesame Street, Dora the Explorer, and other children's toys
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 health effects.
Manufactured in: China
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Toy Recall
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, officials said.
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 CPSC.

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.


Genetically Modified Food - Panacea or poison
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Rat Poison from China in Pet Food Kills Dogs/Cats in America!
Fig. 1 Officials employed by the Red Chinese communist government went door to door confiscating dogs, then beat the dogs to death upon the street, often in front of their owners, in southwest China's Yunnan province. The killing spree began on July 26, 2006 and the slaughtering of beloved pets went on for five days until over 50,000 dogs were savagely killed! Photo Courtesy of EyePress/AP



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 Diplomat's death after eating sandwich raises questions

China, on the defensive over product safety, says U.S. soybean exports tainted

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China & the WTO

Wal-Mart's China inventory to hit US$18b this year

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Chinese poison - at request of corporations....

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NAFTA road to ruin

Red China Opens NAFTA Ports in Mexico

Mexico mega-port plan key to 'NAFTA superhighways'
Facility to be linked by rail, road to U.S., serve as hub for more Chinese goods

The NAFTA Superhighway
When completed, the highway will run from Mexico City to Toronto, slicing through the heartland like a dagger sunk into a heifer at the loins and pulled clean to the throat. It will be four football fields wide, an expansive gully of concrete, noise and exhaust, swelled with cars, trucks, trains and pipelines carrying water, wires and God knows what else. Through towns large and small it will run, plowing under family farms, subdevelopments, acres of wilderness. Equipped with high-tech electronic customs monitors, freight from China, offloaded into nonunionized Mexican ports, will travel north, crossing the border with nary a speed bump, bound for Kansas City, where the cheap goods manufactured in booming Far East factories will embark on the final leg of their journey into the nation's Wal-Marts.

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