Everyone was worried about Ralphie putting his eye out, but this holiday season mom and dad have much more subtle hazards to worry about lurking beneath the pretty paper and ribbons. Wal-Mart assures us that all the tagged items are off the shelves.
China has published a blacklist of substandard toy jugs and children’s shoes sold at Wal-Mart stores and drawing pens from French retailer Carrefour in a quality sweep on children’s goods sold at Beijing supermarkets.
China has been buffeted by food, drug and other product safety scares in past months. More than 20 million toys made there have been recalled worldwide over the past four months.
In response, Beijing has promised to crack down on faulty manufacturers and suppliers, but also said much responsibility lies with foreign regulators and buyers. It has also made a point of naming foreign companies it claims also have problem products.
Fighint poison with poison?
Inspectors had also blacklisted children’s toys at Wal-Mart stores in Beijing for problems regarding parts that could come off and cause harm if swallowed, the Beijing Administration for Industry and Commerce said on its Web site (www.hd315.gov.cn).
The 54-item blacklist also included substandard children’s glasses, toothbrushes, building blocks and bikes with shoddy brakes and handlebars, at a number of Chinese retailers.
“If consumers have bought the substandard goods, with proof of purchase they can request the vendor to recall the goods,” the notice said.
Six children’s products stocked at Wal-Mart branches in Beijing had failed to meet standards, the notice said.
Wal-Mart’s “Bo bo” brand of “water jugs” had failed plastic integrity standards, according to the notice.
“Over a long period of use, toxins could accumulate in the body and cause harm,” the notice said.
Bo bo, how appropriate.