This morning some Chinese factories opened their doors to foreign media. The factory workers were seen scraping paint off plastic toys. The workers, wearing white lab coats, are twisting and turning the toys in the testing lab. This openness is in response to the recent recalls of almost 19 million Chinese-made toys due to the use of lead based paint and small magnets that could cuase serious injuries to a child’s internal organs if they were to be swallowed.
“China’s toy-making industry is actually very good. It is not messed up like the Americans say,” said Zhong Dechang, director general of the Guangdong Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau.
China has also been faced with pounded by recalls in other areas. There have been toxic chemicals found in Chinese-made toothpaste and pet food ingredients as well. Despite the recent recalls on toys Chinese experts believe that the toy industry is alive and strong in China.
Only time will tell what happens with Chinese toys but there seems to great optimism for the future and looks like the recent recalls will only be a minor snag in the progress.
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