More than half of Chinese-made toys sold in Russia
have been found to be harmful to children''s health says
Russia''s consumer watchdog, Russian Federal Service for
Consumer Rights Supervison (Rospotrebnadzor) that is investigating
Mattel-branded Chinese-made toys.
to reporters, Gennady Onishchenko of Rospotrebnadzor said,
''''China-made toys are not safe for children as they failed
to meet the applicable sanitary and epidemiological requirements,''''
saying that they contained lead, resins, formaldehydes,
substandard dyes and unsafe tiny parts.
said out of the 185,000 samples examined last year, 93,000
proved unsuitable for children. Onishchenko said he had
ordered a probe into the sale of children''s toys under
the Mattel brand and would order their recall from the
market if the need arose.
also disclosed that Rospotrebnadzor would inspect companies
that sold Mattel toys with particular emphasis on toy
cars, dolls, figures, and toy sets.
such items to children particularly newly-born babies
is very risky. Young kids tend to put in mouth every single
item they come across. As a result they may poison themselves
with heavy metal particles or swallow small parts of toys.
to the higher lead content, Mattel is removing from market
up to 436,000 toys made in China. It is also withdrawing
magnetic toys produced from January 2002 to January 2007.