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June 22nd, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

The International Herald Tribune reports:

China manufactured every one of the 24 kinds of toys recalled for safety reasons in the United States so far this year, including the enormously popular Thomas & Friends wooden train sets, a record that is causing alarm among consumer advocates, parents and regulators.

The latest recall, announced last week, involves 1.5 million Thomas & Friends trains and rail components — about 4 percent of all those sold in the United States over the last two years by RC2 Corporation of Oak Brook, Illinois The toys were coated at a factory in China with lead paint, which can damage brain cells, especially in children.

Just in the last month, a ghoulish fake eyeball toy made in China was recalled after it was found to be filled with kerosene. Sets of toy drums and a toy bear were also recalled because of lead paint, and an infant wrist rattle was recalled because of a choking hazard.

Over all, the number of products made in China that are being recalled in the United States by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has doubled in the last five years, driving the total number of recalls in the country to 467 last year, an annual record.

It also means that China today is responsible for about 60 percent of all product recalls, compared with 36 percent in 2000.

China, China, China. This isn’t just an global economy issue, nor is it just a trust issue. It’s an excellence issue. Here’s the thing: We’re Asian! We are perfect! As my mother told me, if you’re not going to do something better than everything else, you might as well be dead (I’m paraphrasing). What we’re talking about here is TOYMAKING, what we’re dealing with is KEROSENE. Oh, so sloppy. Oh, so shameful.

Although I just had a thought– what if China is actually trying to excel at having the most product recalls in the world? In which case, we are totally excelling! What an incredibly complicated and brilliant mission and how well executed. Oh god, my brain just imploded.

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