Lead-based recalls

There’s yet another recall regarding products that are painted with lead-based, produced in – guess where? Uh huh, that’s right . . . . . China. Consumer Safety has quite a list on the website.

Retailer J.C. Penney Co recalled thousands of Winnie-the-Pooh doll play sets, wtpooh-play-set.jpgwooden art boxes and horse-themed holiday ornaments because of unsafe levels of lead paint, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Thursday.

The largest number of items recalled were 49,000 Winnie- the-Pooh play sets made in China.

Is there not one consumer who wonder why it is that CHINA has all this lead-based paint?

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (16 Code of Federal Regulations CFR 1303) covers the definition and conditions set on lead-based paint – 1978. Any paint containing more than 0.06% [pdf alert] (600 ppm) lead was banned for residential use in the United States in 1978 by the U.S.

This entire fiasco from the very beginning has reminded me of the formula boycott that focused on advertising. The American market was declining in profitability so companies such as Nestles, in particular, and Wyeth were having their products shipped off to ‘Third World countries.’ However if I remember correctly, the instructions were not printed in the vernacular of particular countries and combined with mixing it with tainted water, babies became quite ill.

So, the United States bans lead-based paint. Where does all that lead-based paint go? Why to our trading partners of course. And China has ‘most favored nation‘ status. But it’s not just China.

Researchers compared the Nigerian paint samples with those sold in some Asian countries, using data obtained by Clark and his collaborators in previous studies. In the September 2006 issue of the journal Environmental Research, Clark reported that more than 75 percent of consumer paint tested from countries without lead-content controls¬—including India, Malaysia and China—had levels exceeding U.S. regulations. Collectively, these countries represent more than 2.5 billion people.


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