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11.15.2007
NotinMyCart.org


mod*mom editorial :: imported toys, food + drug safety

we need a stronger consumer product safety commission
(CPSC) to keep unsafe toys out of stores, + a stronger food + drug administration (FDA) to protect us from unsafe food + drug imports. only 1% of imported toys, food + drugs are inspected. foreign manufacturers risk incurring our weak penalties, because they know there's a 99% chance they won't get caught. toy, food + drug recalls are now "voluntary" on the part of foreign manufacturers, that's why they are able to make toys with lead + sell them in america to compete with strictly inspected american made products.
(here's an additional
video from the sierra club)
  • 80% of toys are made in china
  • 25 million+ toys were recalled this year (many for lead paint)
  • 15 CPSC inspectors at ports nationwide inspect all imported products
notinmycart.org

by ~mod*mom~ at 15.11.07 ©

5 Comments:

i saw the democratic presidential debate on cnn tonight
+ candidates were asked about this topic + none of them mentioned strengthening the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
obama said we need to pass rules like japan has about inspecting imports from china.
hillary clinton said she was going to put a hold on all imports until they "look at the matter of what can be done"
biden said, what are they talking about, we have rules in nafta + we need to enforce them.
none of them mentioned strengthening the CPSC + adding inspectors.

By Blogger modmom, at 11/15/2007 9:36 PM  

Thank you so much for writing about this issue. It's serious-- WE are the consumers the Consumer Product Safety Commission is supposed to protect, but it seems like they're looking out for the best interests of big business. Let's hope people can come together to demand better! (MomsRising.org is working on this.)

By Blogger PacificMod, at 11/16/2007 12:13 PM  

thank you for reading it pacificmod + thanks for telling me you're supporting a stronger cpsc!

By Blogger modmom, at 11/16/2007 3:55 PM  

I completely agree! We were talking abou this at work and I'm sure it would be mindblowing if a random analysis across the import spectrum was done. I WILL NOT buy Sf toys that are made in China. PERIOD.

At this point, if our own government won't protect us, WE have to.

By Blogger Ms. Mamma, at 11/20/2007 11:11 AM  

You're right! We have to protect ourselves. Check out this link to Generation Orange's blog re Lead-Free, Safe Toy Guide for Holiday Shopping -

http://generationorange.com/blog

By Anonymous safetyfirstmom, at 12/11/2007 8:50 PM  

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