The world''s largest toy maker, Mattel Inc, has identified
the Chinese vendor that made the nearly 1 million Fisher-Price
toys that were recalled last week for posing a potentially
toxic paints with excessive lead had been applied on them.
to US toy maker, the Guangdong-based Lee Der Industrial
Company Ltd had made the 967,000 plastic preschool toys
for Mattel between May and August last year, that it was
forced to recall last week.(See: Mattel
to take a $30 million charge on recall of China-made toys)
spokeswoman for the US toy maker said that all the toys
that were recalled were made by the same vendor and that
the Mattel had stopped accepting shipments from it.
The recalled toys include the popular Big Bird, Elmo,
Dora and Diego characters, because they were made with
paint found to have excessive amounts of lead.
has since shared the name of the vendor with its competitors
who may also be doing business with the Chinese company,
as it felt it was important to warn other toy makers of
the potential hazards of the products.
recall is estimated to lead to a loss of Mattel''s pre
tax operating income by $30 million.
June, RC2 Corp. recalled 1.5 million wooden railroad toys
and set parts from its Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway
product line because of lead paint. Those toys were also
made in China.
this year, a Chinese-made pet food ingredient was linked
to the deaths of cats and dogs in North America. Since
then, Chinese goods ranging from toothpaste to tires have
been banned or recalled in numerous countries.