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For the Holiday Season: A Warning to Avoid these Toys

For the Holiday Season: A Warning to Avoid these Toys

World Against Toys Causing Harm (WATCH), a consumer group out of Boston, just issued its 10 Worst Toys of 2007 list.  Only one of the toys on the list has been recalled and among the concerns with the toys making the list were lead paint, small parts that may causes choking, and sharp edges that may harm children.  According to WATCH, “The alarming number of recent toy recalls is evidence of an industry that has put profits before child safety.”

November 15, 2007

WalMart's Holiday Guide Includes Recalled Toys

WalMart's Holiday Guide Includes Recalled Toys

Shopping for Christmas presents for kids this year is a bit like walking through a mine field. Who knows what toys are going to be recalled next—after children have been injured by them or their health compromised? There have been two major recalls over the past few weeks. More could be on the way. And the federal department that oversees toy safety has just turned down more money from Congress to increase safety oversight. Now, the world’s biggest retailer, WalMart, has included several of the toys that were recalled in its holiday season catalog.

November 14, 2007

Disney Investigates Labor Abuses in Chinese Factory

Disney Investigates Labor Abuses in Chinese Factory

In the wake of a series of allegations from the Hong Kong-based Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior, Disney has deployed auditors to China's Guangdong Province to investigate the working conditions at one of its toy factories. Last month, SSACM recorded the complaints of workers at the factory in question, and found that laborers had been subjected to 16-hour work days with only two days off per month, and overtime compensation that was less than half the wage mandated by Chinese law.

November 12, 2007

A New Batch of Chinese Toys Are Pulled From Shelves

A New Batch of Chinese Toys Are Pulled From Shelves

Another recall of potentially dangerous toys manufactured in China is raising more questions about America's trade relationship with the world's leading exporter of cheap consumer goods. Aqua Dots, which rank on Wal-Mart's list of top 12 Christmas toys, have been found to react chemically when swallowed. The product of this reaction is GHB, also known as "the date rape drug."

November 8, 2007

Another Toy Recall: Is It Time to Boycott Chinese-made Toys?

Another Toy Recall: Is It Time to Boycott Chinese-made Toys?

On November 7, Aqua Dots, a popular toy in the U.S., was recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) after two children had fallen into comas from swallowing individual beads.  An Australian biochemist found that a well-known ‘date rape’ drug was one of the ingredients in the coating.  Aqua Dots are made in China, which following on the footsteps of recent recalls due to dangerous levels of lead in children’s toys made in China, has many consumers asking an important question: should consumers boycott all toys made in China until they know their children are safe?

November 8, 2007

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