Not Recalled - Melissa & Doug
Thank you to urbanMamas reader, Melissa, for this post:
As many of you know there was a recent major recall of Fisher Price toys made in China due to the discovery of potentially harmful doses of lead paint. As a family not fond of plastics in general, we felt pretty safe with our wide selection of wooden and cloth toys for our one year old daughter. Then, I read somewhere that the popular wooden toy manufacturer, Melissa & Doug also produced their toys in China and that the issue of lead paint might still be a concern.
Today, I wrote to the company (both their service department and the owners, who list their email address on their website) to express my concern. Within about an hour I received this reply from Doug himself and I thought I would pass it along.
Yes, we definitely appreciate and understand your concern. Please be assured, we test for lead VERY frequently.
It's quite possible to make great quality children's items in China, which meet all safety regulations, but the key point is that you have to test and inspect very frequently to be sure that your factories are always following your instructions explicitly. I assure you that's exactly what we do.
From our experience, the key to doing this correctly is not simply to insist that your factories follow your instructions, but then to go one step further and to AUDIT, INSPECT, AND TEST very frequently. That is the most important part of the process, and it's something our company has always taken VERY seriously.
Thanks again for asking. And thanks for your support also.
So if you have any Melissa & Doug toys rest assured that they are safe in the hands of your teething baby or toddler. If you don't have any of these toys then perhaps they can go on your wish list or suggestion list for your child's next birthday or gift receiving event.