XMAS: China's billion-dollar toy story
The age old Christmas song all I want for Christmas is my two front teeth, may be a children's wish come true as toxic toys from China are taken off the market. With all the toxins found in chinese manufacturered toys a child's two front teeth are not all Children would lose, try organ failure, future impotence, brain damage, blindness and hair loss.
Canadian Consumer Agencies state over a third of toys from China contain Toxic elements in them, either Lead. asbestos or worse. To borrow a modified phrase from Forrest Gump "Christmas is like a Box full of Toys, you never know which one is Toxic".
A parent's exasperation will certainly be tested as they try to explain to Little Britney and Little Phoenix why Santa can't bring them the toys they desire, because it may kill them. Ah to be a Fly on the Wall as they try to explain that little jewel of fact as they decorate their Made in China Xmas Tree, with possibly toxic contaminated Christmas tree tinsel and ornaments from China. Christmas Gifts may be the New Holiday Chinese Roulette.
In ending, sadly it is the bargain hunting North American Consumer through the North American Manufacturer who ultimately are the Grinches who Stole Christmas from their own kids, Consumers always looking for cheap and paying for it with their health.
Santa's Xmas toy bag will be a lot lighter this Holiday Season, with all the Toy Recalls from China , choices will be limited for some of the more popular toys this Christmas. It seems Toys not made in China are as rare as Turkey Teeth. Let us hope Toy Manufacturers from North America will feel this Xmas Loss in their pocketbook and bonus cheques as Santa will be leaving coal (Most likely from China) in their (Chinese Made) Stockings and nothing else.
My Final Thought
With all the Toxins found either in toys or food from China and surrounding Pacific Rim countries, perhaps the best non toxic and safe Christmas gift for you and the kids is a home made Sweater from Grandma and a locally raised organic Turkey for dinner. How's that for a Toy Story? Merry Christmas everyone.
China's billion-dollar toy story
By WWW.TOY-CTA.ORG, WWW.USCHINA.ORG
- 83 types of Mattel toys recalled because of lead paint.
- 436,000 Sarge character die-cast vehicles from Cars recalled because of lead paint.
- 1.5 million Thomas & Friends trains and rail components recalled in June because of lead paint.
- 1.5 million Fisher Price infant toys recalled in August because of lead paint.
- 4.2 million Aqua Dots toys recalled in the U.S. because of possibly toxic chemical ingredient.
- 20 million toys from China have been recalled world-wide in the past four months.
- Regulators in Guangdong (where half of the world's toys are made) said that they had visited over 1,700 facilities by the end of October and that 764, more than a third, had their licenses revoked. Nearly as many were ordered to bring their factories up to quality standards.
LARGEST TOY EXPORT REGIONS
First quarter 2007
1. Guangdong: Toy exports of $2.4 billion (US)
2. Jiangsu: Toy exports of $355 million (US)
3. Shandong: Toy exports of $257 million (US)
CHINA'S TOP EXPORT DESTINATIONS - 2006 (Billions $US)
United States - 203.5
Hong Kong - 155.4
Japan - 91.6
South Korea - 44.5
Germany - 40.3
Netherlands - 30.9
United Kingdom - 24.2
Singapore - 23.2
Taiwan - 20.7
Italy - 16.0
CHINA'S TOP EXPORTS - 2006 (Billions $US)
Electrical machinery & equipment - 227.4
Power generation equipment - 186.6
Apparel - 88.6
Iron & Steel - 51.9
Optics & Medical Equipment - 32.6
Furniture - 28.0
Chemicals - 23.2
Toys & Games - 22.6