Another Chinese Toy Recall
The seemingly non-stop recalls of toys made in China is just getting crazy...Aqua Dots are being recalled because they contain a chemical that is similar to the date rape drug GHB when ingested. More information on how this recall came about may be found in this article in the NY Times.
One issue that stuck out for me in this case is that the manufacturer did not list the hazardous chemical in question in its ingredients and was unwilling to share information on how the beads were actually manufactured. This level of distrust and secrecy has been reflected in other investigations of Chinese manufacturing; the recent detaining of a business reporter at a Chinese toy manufacturing plant is perhaps the most compelling example of just how big this problem is.
Also the Consumer Products Safety Commission only responds to issues after they have been discovered and the product in question is already in the hands of kids. Even then, who knows how many other toys have toxic substances that just haven't been "discovered" yet.
How has this spate of toy recalls affected you? We have always "gently encouraged" our families to not give toys to our kids from China but haven't made it a rule because that seemed kinda dictatorial but now....?
Have you adopted any "giving guidelines" or "shopping guidelines" this holiday season? Any other changes in your house as a result of these safety issues?