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Dangerous toys still in US stores, survey reveals

November 21, 2007

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US store shelves are still stacked with dangerous toys, consumer groups warned in a study published Tuesday, despite a spate of recent health scares that prompted mass recalls of items made in China.

Inspectors from the US Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) “still found trouble in toyland on store shelves this fall,” the group’s Consumer Program Director Ed Mierzwinski said in a statement presenting its annual toy safety survey.

The group found dozens of examples of toys and jewelry with high levels of lead and other poisonous chemicals, dangerously strong magnets, and parts small enough to choke a child if swallowed.

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Japanese toy makers setting sights on Vietnam


United States firms recall over 90,000 Taiwan, Vietnam-made toys

October 13, 2007

Saturday, October 13, 2007
By Natasha T. Metzler, AP

WASHINGTON — More than 90,000 children’s products, most imported by J.C. Penney Co. Inc., are being recalled for containing dangerous levels of lead, a government safety group announced.

J.C. Penney recalled Chinese-made Winnie the Pooh play sets and decorative ornaments with a horse theme, as well as art kits made in Taiwan and Vietnam. Totaling 70,400, the toys imported and sold by J.C. Penney all had excessive levels of lead in their surface paint.

Lead is toxic if ingested by young children. Under current regulations, children’s products found to have more than 0.06 percent lead accessible to users are subject to recall.

Consumer Product Safety Commission spokeswoman Julie Vallese said this round of toy recalls is “the direct result of the commitment that was made earlier this summer of cleaning the proverbial house.”

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