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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2007 9:42 am 
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http://www.thestar.com/Business/article/225134

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Jun 13, 2007 07:33 PM
Associated press, Canadian press

WASHINGTON–A massive toy recall could have millions of parents taking their children's favourite toys away.

On Wednesday, RC2 Corp. recalled about 1.5 million Thomas the Tank Engine wooden railway toys in Canada and the United States, due to concerns that the paint used on them may contain lead.

Thomas the Tank Engine is a wildly popular toy among young children, especially boys.

The toy recall includes wooden vehicles, buildings and other train set parts imported and distributed by RC2 Corp.

The toys in question were sold from January 2005 through June 2007.

Toys marked with the letters WJ or AZ are not included in the recall.

Patty Davis with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says lead can be toxic if ingested by children.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 8:33 pm 
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It just boggles the brain that in 2007 anyone would still be using lead-based paint on a child's toy!

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 11:52 pm 
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I wonder what country the toys were made in...? Does it say?

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 11:56 pm 
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The NY Times article on this does say:

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The affected Thomas toys were manufactured in China, which has come under fire recently for exporting a variety of goods, from pet food to toothpaste, that may pose safety or health hazards. “These are not cheap, plastic McDonald’s toys,” said Marian Goldstein of Maplewood, N.J., who spent more than $1,000 on her son’s Thomas collection, for toys that can cost $10 to $70 apiece. “But these are what is supposed to be a high-quality children’s toy.”


Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/15/busin ... le_popular

What a surprise...

It's interesting. I was just speaking to someone the other day about the fact that one positive thing about allergies is that we tend to avoid food that is manufactured in Asia, because you cannot trust the labelling, so in turn, I like to think that we are less likely to consume something with goodness-knows-what in it!


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- DS2 (1o yrs): ana. to dairy, eggs, peanuts; asthma


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2007 6:58 am 
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Hmmm...don't we have rules about what we bring to the Canadian market? There has been too many mistakes as some on said from pet food to toothpaste to how many recalls for ingredients missing on the label?
Who creates and enforces policies to protect Canadian from these types of problems?
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http://geo.international.gc.ca/departme ... rs-en.aspx

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2007 6:39 pm 
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I became quite aware of the inconsistencies regarding imports and safety rules when I could not get any clear answers as to the laws involved in imported pajamas and flame retardant treatment.

Currently China has a bad reputation for ANY goods. Their communist government has allowed capitalism...so everyone is looking for a quick buck at the cost of product quality, safety and the environment...but lead paint on KIDS TOYS...YIKES!!!

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