Chinese Product Recalls Crisis 2007

We use a variety of products everyday but some products are
toxic and need to be recalled. In 2007, China had a public relations and trade
crisis on its hands when a series of product recalls on its exports were
announced. The product safety
institutions of the United States, Canada, the European Union, Australia, and
New Zealand imposed bans on products manufactured in and exported from China
because of lead in paint and other safety concerns. The products fell into a
variety of categories including toys, toothpaste, pet food, cosmetics, and even
seafood.

Product Recalls

Product safety recalls are serious business. If you have
been hurt by a product that has been recalled for safety issues seek the help
of an experienced products liability attorney. Product recalls from 2007
included:

Toothpaste

On August 13, 2007 hotel amenity provider Gilchrist &
Soames recalled toothpaste manufactured in China because it was contaminated with
poisonous diethylene glycol, a constituent of antifreeze. Some Chinese
manufacturers had been using it as a less-expensive substitute for glycerol,
which is a safe ingredient often used to thicken toothpaste.

Two brands of Chinese-made toothpaste, Spearmint and Trileaf
Spearmint were pulled from the shelves in Europe after it was discovered that
they also contained diethylene glycol.

Pet food

A well known pet food recall was issued in March 2007 after
a Canadian pet food manufacturer notified the US Food and Drug
Administration (FDA)
that animals had died after eating its products. The
FDA identified melamine in the pet food which is an industrial chemical found
in plastics and resins. Of 230 samples tested for melamine, 130 came back
positive in the food itself or in the wheat gravy that accompanied the food.

The FDA believes that although the food was imported from
China, the melamine was added to the wheat gluten and rice protein concentrate
by US manufacturers. Since this initial assessment, American journalists have
reported that factory owners in China have admitted to adding melamine to pet
foods. The purpose was to increase the nitrogen content of the food to make it
appear that it contained more protein than it actually did. China banned the practice
of adding melamine to food products on April 26, 2007, but does not take
responsibility for any deaths to pets.

Toys

In June 2007, toy firm RC2 Corp was forced to recall several
of its Thomas & Friends wooden train sets due to lead in the paint used by
Chinese manufacturers. Later that year,
RC2 recalled all of its The First Years 3-in-1 Flush and Sounds Potty Seats
because a Chinese contractor had used orange paint that contained excessive
levels of lead on the plaque inserted into the back of the seat.

2007 was not a great year for the world’s biggest toy
company Mattel as it recalled millions of products in a four week span. On
August 1, Sesame Street and Dora the Explorer toys were recalled because of lead
levels in the paint. On August 14, 7.1 million Polly Pocket toys; 600,000
Barbie and Tanner Playsets; 1 million Doggie Daycare, Shonen Jump’s One Piece;
and thousands of Batman Manga toys were recalled due to exposed magnets that
could fall off. They also recalled Sarge diecast toys from the Pixar movie Cars
because of concerns over lead in the paint. On September 4, Mattel recalled
800,000 Barbie doll accessories and Fisher-Price toys after tests showed the
paint used on them contained lead. Mattel ended up issuing an apology to
China’s manufacturers acknowledging that the majority of the product recalls
were due to their own design flaws rather than poor manufacturing processes.

In November 2007, the toy called Bindeez exported by an
Australian distributor was voluntarily recalled due to the paint containing a
toxic chemical that made children sick when it metabolized into the anesthetic
GHB.

On November 9, 2007 Marvel Toys recalled 175,000 Curious
George plush dolls manufactured in China as they contained an excessive amount
of lead in their surface paint.

On November 8, 2007 Dolgencorp recalled about 51,000
Children’s Fashion Sunglasses imported from China due to dangerous levels of
lead.

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In 2007, China had a public relations and trade
crisis on its hands when a series of product recalls on its exports were
announced. The product safety
institutions of the United States, Canada, the European Union, Australia, and
New Zealand imposed bans on products manufactured in and exported from China
because of lead in paint and other safety concerns. The products fell into a
variety of categories including toys, toothpaste, pet food, cosmetics, and even
seafood.

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