Thursday, October 18, 2007

China Spins Safety Of Toys - Mattel Profits Suffer

So China has learned how to work the spin machine as well as the best corrupt politician here in the US. Their latest push is “Chinese Toys Are Safe”, to paraphrase the numerous stories that popped up when I Googled “Mattel” in the news. Not surprisingly the articles which were released by the Chinese news agencies all tout the tight government regulation of manufactured goods from China.

Speaking at the Communist Party Congress, Li Changjiang, the Director of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said that “Children around the world love 'Made in China' toys, especially at Christmas. And China's toy manufacturers will do their best to make safe and reliable toys for children around the world before the Christmas season."

That assertion rings pretty hollow in light of the myriad of recalls because of toys containing lead paint and other toxic materials. Unfortunately, the US media is just quoting these pronouncements wholesale and not doing any research into how well the alleged regulations are actually being enforced. Mattel can testify as to the “safe and reliable” toys made in China, and so can their bottom line. The supplier found cheaper paint and in an effort to maximize profits went ahead and used toxic paint from a non-approved supplier.

The Communist Party in China is very good at passing regulations, but they have a dismal record of enforcing them, especially where profits are concerned. Sounds a lot like our Government doesn’t it? All we need now is a dictator…oh wait, guess we already have one?

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