Over 20% of Chinese toys substandard - report
[ 2007-05-29 16:54 ]
More than 20 percent of Chinese toys and
baby clothes are substandard ,
according to the country's consumer safety watchdog, according to a report
More than 20 percent of
Chinese toys and baby clothes are substandard, according to the
country's consumer safety watchdog, according to a report on
Some toys made by local factories were even potentially dangerous, the
Beijing News said, citing a nationwide probe by the General Administration
of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.
Industrial waste, including dirty carpet fluff, paper and used
instant-noodle packaging, was found stuffed inside some toys made by
factories in the northern province of Hebei and sold at rock-bottom prices
nationwide, the newspaper added.
"These fluffy toys with bacteria or even viruses in them could cause
children to itch if they touch them for a short time, or even cause
disease over the long term," the newspaper said.
Some toys had parts that could be easily torn off and potentially
injure children, it said, adding that it was not uncommon for children to
get sick or die because of poor-quality toys.
The watchdog found that some baby clothes contained chemicals that
could cause skin problems, the newspaper said.
About 5 percent of baby milk powder tested was found to be of poor
quality, with some containing excessive amounts of nitrate, it added.
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