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    WTF?! North America can't even produce toothpaste anymore?!?!

    WASHINGTON — Counterfeit Colgate toothpaste has now turned up in Canada, where testing has found dangerous bacteria but not the poisonous chemical previously detected in four U.S. states, a health official said Saturday.

    In addition, store owners and police say they have discovered that the bogus Colgate was sold in Michigan and Virginia.

    The FDA warned earlier in June that fake Colgate distributed in Maryland, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania may contain a poisonous chemical called diethylene glycol, or DEG, that typically is used in antifreeze. That toothpaste was the subject of a June 13 recall by a New Jersey distributor.

    It was not immediately clear if the counterfeit products in Pinconning, Mich., and Arlington, Va., had been tested for DEG.

    In Canada, testing did not find the chemical but did show high levels of harmful bacteria, said Paul Duchesne, a spokesman for Health Canada.

    A Food and Drug Administration spokeswoman said Saturday she was checking into reports of the wider distribution beyond the first four states.

    The bacteria pose a significant health risk, especially to children and anyone with a weakened immune system, Health Canada said. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is investigating.

    In all cases, the toothpaste was labeled as made in South Africa. Both the FDA and New York-based Colgate-Palmolive Co. have said the products are fake, citing in part misspellings — "SOUTH AFRLCA" is one — on the packaging. Its true origin is unknown, according to the FDA.

    A review of FDA import refusal records show that over the last year the agency has stopped shipments of Colgate toothpaste from eight countries: Australia, China, Britain, Indonesia, India, Mexico, the Philippines and South Africa.

    A Colgate-Palmolive spokesman said nearly all involved Colgate-produced toothpaste samples that were later cleared for delivery to the company's research and development center in New Jersey for routine analysis. Others may have involved diverted or counterfeit products, company spokesman Thomas DiPiazza said.

    In recent weeks the FDA began stopping all suspect Chinese toothpaste before it enters the U.S. and has warned people not to use the products because they may contain DEG. The regulatory agency has identified six Chinese manufacturers that use the chemical in their toothpaste products, typically sold in the U.S. at discount or dollar stores.

    Health Canada said it has identified 21 Chinese-made toothpastes that contain up to 13.7 percent DEG — a far higher level than anything found in U.S. testing. Canada too is stopping all imports of Chinese toothpaste until they can be proven safe.
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    Dangerous fake goods crossing border

    Some of the phony and often dangerous items flagged at the border and investigated by the RCMP. Canada’s anti-counterfeit measures are more lax than many developing countries, says a lawyer.

    Agency has no power to seize items but fears over Chinese imports could change that

    Jul 02, 2007 04:30 AM
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    RCMP Superintendent Ken Hansen gave his boss a pack of batteries last summer as an example of Chinese counterfeit merchandise arriving at Canadian ports. They made quite an impression months later – when they exploded.

    The senior RCMP official thought a gun had gone off in the office. Luckily for Hansen, the batteries blew up in his superior's desk drawer.

    "It was quite an explosion," Hansen said. "If you were holding it in your hand you probably would have lost some fingers."

    The batteries, disguised as a Western brand, lacked a near-invisible vent that allows pressure to escape. In 2006, when RCMP officials seized more than four tons of fake, dangerous batteries, Health Canada issued a warning: since 2000, they have received 86 complaints of overheating or leaky batteries and eight children suffered burns.

    The Canada Border Services Agency has, knowingly, let container loads of counterfeit batteries into the country, along with myriad other phony goods, some of which are dangerous. They have neither the budget nor the mandate to stop the deluge of fake products. They search less than three per cent of incoming shipments.

    Hansen, who is a co-chair on Interpol's intellectual property crime action group, said the RCMP can investigate only 25 per cent of counterfeit shipments arriving in Toronto that are flagged by the border agency, and only then if they are major safety risks or are linked to international crime.

    But growing concern about Chinese imports, especially after the U.S. pet food recall, has led to two committees in the House of Commons that have recently reported on the cost – and risk – of dangerous counterfeits.

    On June 21, Health Canada ordered border agents to stop incoming Chinese toothpaste after counterfeit Colgate tubes, possibly containing a poison used in antifreeze, were found in Guelph and Halifax.

    Around two thirds of counterfeits that arrive in Canada are from China.

    "You used to see T-shirts, purses," Hansen said, noting that in mid-June, in Quebec, the RCMP seized a shipment of fake chainsaws from China. "Ten years ago you wouldn't have seen this."

    Full article, with pictures at:http://www.thestar.com/News/article/231583
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    Poison us with tainted toothpaste...
    Maim us with exploding batteries...
    Murder us with faulty tires...

    conspiracy theories anyone?


    Chinese tire recall to start Monday; New Jersey tire importer will begin replacing defective tires, but only until they run out of money.

    June 28 2007: 12:08 PM EDT

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- The company that imported Chinese tires at the center of a recall demand by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will recall the tires and replace them until the company, Foreign Tire Sales (FTS), has run out of funds.

    A lawyer for FTS said the company will begin notifying owners of the tires on Monday and will continue the recall until the company has run out of money.

    Once the company has replaced as many of the tires as it can, the company will have to declare bankruptcy.

    Lawrence Levigne, the attorney representing the New Jersey-based distributor of the imported tires, estimated that the company has enough funds to replace about 10 percent of the 450,000 tires that may be defective.

    The tires, made by China-based Hangzhou Zhongce Rubber Co., have an insufficient or missing gum strip, a rubber feature that helps prevent steel belts inside the tire from separating or from damaging the rubber.

    FTS alerted NHTSA to the problem in an official document filed in June. NHTSA responded by ordering a recall. Failure to recall the tires could result in fines for the importer, NHTSA reminded in a letter faxed to the company yesterday.

    "At the risk of putting ourselves out of business, this company did the right thing and we reported [the problem]," said Levigne, who faults NHTSA for not doing more to help the company correct the problem.

    Heather Hopkins, a spokeswoman for NHTSA, responded that NHTSA does not have the resources to help companies carry out recalls even if it puts the company at an extreme financial hardship.

    "We don't have the mechanism to pay for a business to continue being in business," she said.

    In statements made to the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, Hangzhou Zhongce has denied that the tires are defective.
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    I'm so goddamn sick of this Chinese bullshit. When is the American buying public going to wake up and stop buying it.

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    BOSTON (Reuters) - Health authorities in Canada and Massachusetts are warning consumers of the risk from China-made counterfeit toothpaste after more tainted products were found, deepening concern about the safety of Chinese goods.

    Preliminary tests conducted in Canada on counterfeit Colgate toothpaste indicate the fake products may contain even more harmful bacteria than authorities first suspected, Health Canada officials said on Friday.

    Canadian authorities urged consumers on June 29 to avoid Chinese toothpaste in the Canadian market because 21 products were found laced with harmful levels of diethylene glycol, an industrial solvent used in some antifreeze products.

    New York-based Colgate-Palmolive Co. has said the products are fakes and that it does not use, nor has ever used, diethylene glycol as an ingredient in its toothpaste anywhere in the world. The chemical, also known as DEG and sometimes illegally used as an inexpensive sweetener and thickening agent.

    "Consumers who have this counterfeit product are advised to discontinue use immediately and not to use their toothbrush," a Health Canada statement said of the toothpaste.

    Phony products, labeled "Manufactured in South Africa," include misspellings on their packaging such as "isclinically" "SOUTH AFRLCA" and "South African Dental Assoxiation."

    In Canada, they were found in discount chain "Everything for a Dollar Store." Health Canada said distributors are cooperating and have removed the product from their shelves.

    In Massachusetts, the Department of Public Health said toothpaste suspected to contain a toxic chemical was found in stores in nearly a dozen communities despite a June import alert issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

    Local authorities urged consumers to avoid toothpaste labeled "Made in China," toothpaste labeled "Colgate" that is manufactured in South Africa and toothpaste without English language labeling.

    "Despite FDA's efforts, suspect products continue to be found, including in Massachusetts -- mostly in small, independent dollar-type discount stores," the statement said.

    Colgate-Palmolive has said it was working closely with the FDA to identify those responsible.

    The warnings come amid growing concern in the United States and Latin America over the safety of Chinese products after a series of recalls and bans on items ranging from children's toys to toothpaste.

    In Panama, 83 people have died after taking medicines contaminated with a Chinese-made toxin last year and the death toll is expected to rise, a senior prosecutor investigating how the medicines became adulterated said on Thursday.
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    Poisoned toothpaste won't have much effect here in Cherryvale.

    I would assume that one would have to brush their teeth with it first in order for it to be harmful.
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    China Probes 'Chelsea Clinton' Weight Loss Patch
    Monday , July 09, 2007


    BEIJING — China is looking into claims of a herbal weight loss patch which its makers said helped former President Clinton's daughter, Chelsea, shed 26.5 lb in under a month, state media reported on Monday.

    Customers are instructed to stick the patch to the area of the body where they want to lose weight and then just wait for the fat to flow out of them, the Beijing Morning Post said, citing an investigation by China Central Television.

    But in fact the oil seeped from the patch itself, which could be seen when it was put on a warmed up cup or a television set, the report said.

    The patch is named after an acupuncture point and translates clumsily into "America Seven-Point Thinness."

    Though it claimed to be imported from the United States — where the advertisements said it was a top seller and used by Chelsea Clinton — it was actually made by a company from the nearby industrial city of Tianjin, the newspaper said.

    In the few months it was on the market, the commercials helped propel sales to more than $26.32 million, it added.

    "The reporter asked related medical experts, and it is currently generally accepted the most effective way to lose weight is to exercise and rationally control what you eat and drink," the newspaper said.

    China is trying to crack down on substandard and fake food, drugs, toys and health products after a series of scandals has shaken faith in the "made in China" label worldwide.

    Health foods and tonics are particularly popular, often claiming to contain special medical herbs which can help with everything from baldness and impotence to lack of concentration.
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    255,000 Chinese-made tires recalled
    By JEFFREY GOLD, AP Business Writer
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    A tire importer said Thursday it would recall 255,000 Chinese-made tires it claims were defective because they lack a safety feature that prevents tread separation.

    The recall involves half the number of tires that the importer, Foreign Tire Sales Inc., had identified in June as possibly posing a risk.

    The models involved are steel-belted radial replacement tires for pickups, vans and sport utility vehicles that consumers bought from early 2004 through mid-2006, Foreign Tire Sales said.

    The small company, based in Union, was ordered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in June to recall as many as 450,000 tires that it bought from Hangzhou Zhongce Rubber Co. since 2002.

    "Consumers should know that the affected tires meet all federal motor vehicle safety standards. But we went the extra mile by testing them and determining that they did not meet our standards, which are more rigorous," Richard Kuskin, president of Foreign Tire Sales, said in a statement.

    Hangzhou Zhongce said it fully cooperated with NHTSA and "has not found any evidence that the ... tires at issue contain any structural defects or are missing any safety features."

    The recall is among a series of recent problems involving imports from China. Products including toys, toothpaste, seafood and pet food have been recalled.

    Information on the tire recall was to be posted at Foreign Tire Sale's Web site, http://www.foreigntire.com. Consumers can also call a toll-free number, 888-899-9293.

    The recall applies to Westlake, Compass and YKS brand tires in these sizes and models:

    _Size LT235/75R-15, models CR861 and CR857, with a DOT number beginning 7DT5FTS.

    _Size LT235/85R-16, models CR860, CR861 and CR857, with a DOT number beginning 7DT2FTS.

    _Size LT245/75R-16, models CR860, CR861 and CR857, with a DOT number beginning 7DT3FTS.

    _Size LT265/75R-16, models CR860, CR861 and CR857, with a DOT number beginning 7DT4FTS.

    _Size LT31X10.5 R-15, models CR857 and CR861, with a DOT number beginning 7DT6FTS.

    Although Foreign Tire Sales did not make the tires, it is responsible for the recall, under U.S. law.

    NHTSA ordered the recall after Foreign Tire Sales told the agency that some of Hangzhou Zhongce's tires were made without a safety feature, called a gum strip, that helps bind the belts of a tire to each other. Some of the tires had a gum strip about half the width of the 0.6 millimeter gum strip Foreign Tire Sales expected, the importer said.

    It said it contracted for Hangzhou Zhongce to provide gum strips, but the manufacturer changed the design without informing Foreign Tire Sales.

    Hangzhou Zhongce has denied that, asserting that the design did not include a gum strip. It also called the basis for the defect determination by Foreign Tire Sales "highly questionable."

    The manufacturer has also told NHTSA that it has received just 11 claims for property damage from the nearly 450,000 tires purchased by Foreign Tire Sales, a rate it called "extremely low." The repairs averaged $1,722, "which is consistent with minor fender well damage," Hangzhou Zhongce said.

    Hangzhou Zhongce also said it paid just 1,540 warranty claims for such items as ride disturbance and sidewall issues, which are not related to the alleged defect.

    The details of the recall come a month later than Foreign Tire Sales had initially expected. Company spokesman Andrew Frank attributed the delay to gathering information from the manufacturer.

    "The recall was complicated," he said.

    Tread separation was what prompted the nation's largest tire recall, which involved 17 million Firestone tires in 2000.

    Foreign Tire Sales alerted federal authorities of potential problems after it became embroiled in litigation involving the tires and Hangzhou Zhongce.

    Foreign Tire Sales said it became concerned about Hangzhou Zhongce tires in October 2005 amid an increase in warranty claims. It began talks with the Chinese company, then commissioned its own tests.

    It sued Hangzhou Zhongce in U.S. District Court in Newark on May 31, charging that its tests found that the tires may fail earlier than tests provided by Hangzhou Zhongce showed.

    Foreign Tire Sales was sued May 4 by the families of two men killed when a van they were riding in crashed near the town of Jim Thorpe, Pa., in August 2006. The driver and another passenger in the van are also suing.

    Hangzhou Zhongce said it made three of the four tires on the van, but they were not the recommended size for that vehicle. The fourth tire, a Michelin, was the proper size, but mismatched tires pose a risk, the Chinese company said. The company added that it has not yet been allowed to examine the vehicle and does not know if the accident was caused by tire failure.

    Foreign Tire Sales does not have a warehouse. It has tires shipped directly to distributors, who in turn send them to retail outlets
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    Head of Chinese toy company kills self following recall, export ban

    The head of a Chinese toy manufacturing company whose products were the target of a massive recall in the U.S. because they contained lead-tainted paint has committed suicide.

    Zhang Shuhong, who ran the Lee Der Industrial Co. Ltd., was found hanged in his warehouse Monday morning.

    His death comes days after the Chinese government announced a temporary ban on exports by the company.

    Earlier this month, Mattel subsidiary Fisher-Price said it was recalling 967,000 toys — including the popular Big Bird, Elmo, Dora and Diego characters — because their paint contained excessive amounts of lead. The Fisher-Price recall involved 83 types of plastic preschool toys made by the Chinese vendor and sold in the United States between May and August.

    A supplier, Zhang's best friend, sold Lee Der fake paint that was used in the toys, the Southern Metropolis Daily, a state-run newspaper, reported.

    "The boss and the company were harmed by the paint supplier, the closest friend of our boss," a manager surnamed Liu was quoted as saying.

    It is common for disgraced officials to commit suicide in China.

    The recall by Mattel came just two months after RC2 Corp., a New York company, recalled 1.5 million Chinese-made wooden railroad toys and set parts from its Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway product line because of lead paint.

    CBC's Michel Cormier said China has acknowledged the export of potentially dangerous products is a massive problem that will take years to solve.

    Millions of manufacturers export products around the world that are not properly monitored or inspected. Chinese authorities have promised tighter controls. Along with banning two toy manufactures from exporting toys, China has recently banned 18 food products for export.

    But Cormier said Chinese officials also say the Western media is making too much of the scandal. They argue that exporting unsafe products is a worldwide problem and that some may be trying to embarrass Beijing before the Olympics.
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    MORE AND MORE AND MORE....


    NEW YORK — The Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Mattel Inc., announced late Tuesday that it is recalling about 700,000 Chinese-made toys that have excessive amounts of lead paint.


    The recall covers 675,000 units of various Barbie accessory toys that were manufactured between Sept. 30, 2006, and Aug. 20, 2007. The action also involves 8,900 different toys involving Big Big World 6-in-1 Bongo Band toys from the company's Fisher-Price brand. Those products were sold nationwide from July 2007 through Aug. 2007.

    The announcement marks Mattel's third major recall of Chinese-made toys because of lead paint in a matter of a month.

    Mattel's last recall, announced on Aug. 14, covered about 19 million toys worldwide. They included Chinese-made toys that either had excessive amounts of lead paint or had small magnets that could easily be swallowed by children.

    On Aug. 1, Mattel's Fisher-Price division said it was recalling 1.5 million preschool toys featuring characters such as Dora the Explorer, Big Bird and Elmo because of lead paint. That action included 967,000 toys sold in the United States between May and August.
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    BEIJING — Chinese authorities ordered the recall of tainted leukemia drugs blamed for leg pains and other problems, state media reported Sunday, the latest crisis to strike the country's embattled food and drug industries.

    Most of the drugs involved — methotrexate and cytarabin hydrochloride — have been recovered and authorities have traced the remainder, the Xinhua News Agency said. The report did not say if any of the drugs had been exported.

    Authorities have banned the sale and distribution of the drugs, produced by the Shanghai Hualian Pharmaceutical Co., it said.

    China, a major global supplier, has been facing growing international pressure to improve the quality of its exports after dangerous toxins — from lead to an antifreeze ingredient — were found in goods including toys and toothpaste.

    China has been eager to cast itself as a victim, too, of unsafe imports. Xinhua on Saturday announced that inspectors recently found residue of the banned stimulant ractopamine in frozen pig kidneys imported from the United States and frozen pork spareribs from Canada. The names of the exporting companies were not identified. Ractopamine is forbidden for use as veterinary medicine in China.

    Xinhua said the 18.37 tons of frozen pork kidneys and 24 tons of frozen pork had been returned to importers exporters, said the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ).

    Ractopamine, a hormone that promotes the growth of lean meat in pigs and cattle, is banned by China and most other countries as a health hazard, although its use in stock animals is permitted in the U.S. and Canada. China has also recently banned imports of U.S. meat contaminated with salmonella, additives, and veterinary drugs.

    Xinhua said the State Food and Drug Administration and Health Ministry banned the two leukemia drugs after several child leukemia patients who were taking them complained of leg pains and difficulty walking. Xinhua said some patients also complained of urine retention.

    It said the Health Ministry and drug administration had traced the problems with the drugs to their being tainted with vincristine sulfate, an anticancer drug. Xinhua said factories manufacturing the drugs had been closed.

    China has taken a series of steps to crackdown on tainted drugs and other unsafe products, in part due to concern over the reputation of its exports.

    In the harshest action so far, the country's former top drug regulator was executed in July for taking millions of dollars in bribes to approve substandard medicines, including an antibiotic that killed at least 10 people.
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    **Can I get a Mod to change the thread title to, "Chinese Product Recalls" ?

    WASHINGTON - More than a half-million Chinese-made products were recalled Thursday, including "Pirates of the Caribbean" and Baby Einstein toys, because they contain dangerous levels of lead.

    Coin-shaped "Pirates of the Caribbean" flashlights and soft, textured Baby Einstein blocks were among the 544,000 products recalled, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced. The recall also includes Totally Me! Funky Room Decor Set decorating kits imported and sold by Toys "R" Us Inc. and a variety of wooden toys imported and sold by KB Toys Inc.

    The flashlight's leather strap, the back of the decorating kit's mirror, the blue Baby Einstein block and the wooden toys have surface paint that contains high levels of lead, which is toxic if ingested by young children. Under current regulations, children's products found to have more than .06 percent lead accessible to users are subject to a recall.

    CPSC spokeswoman Julie Vallese noted that the effects of lead are cumulative.

    "A lot of what is being recalled is because it violates the law, not that there is an imminent health risk," she said.

    The recall also included cups shaped like Frankenstein's head with high levels of lead in their surface paint. Other products not necessarily for children were: key chains containing high levels of lead, as well as bookmarks and journals with lead-tainted surface paint.

    "There will be more recalls because of lead violations, but we also anticipate that we will begin to see fewer and fewer of them as a big portion of the marketplace will have been tested," Vallese said. "What you're seeing now is the result of a systematic approach to going through inventories."

    The recalls include:

    • About 35,000 Baby Einstein Discover & Play Color Blocks, distributed by Kids II Inc. The blocks were sold around the country between June and September. For more information, or to arrange for a free replacement block, call 866-203-6788 or visit http://www.kidsii.com.

    • About 79,000 "Pirates of the Caribbean" medallion squeeze lights, imported by the Eveready Battery Co., a brand of Energizer Holdings, Inc. The flashlights were sold nationwide and online between September 2006 and October 2007. For more information, or to receive a voucher for another Eveready product, call 800-925-0628 or visit http://www.Energizer.com.

    • About 15,000 Totally Me! Funky Room Decor Sets, manufactured by Hong Kong-based CKI Toys and imported by Toys "R" Us Inc. The kits were sold at Toys "R" Us stores around the country and on the company's Web site between May and September 2007. Return the sets to any Toys "R" Us store in exchange for store credit. For more information, call 800-869-7787 or visit http://www.toysrus.com.

    • About 10,000 wooden Pull-Along Alphabet & Math Blocks wagons, Pull-Along Learning Blocks wagons, 10-in-1 Activity Learning Carts and Flip-Flop alphabet blocks, imported by KB Toys Inc. The toys were sold at KB Toys stores around the country between August 2005 and September 2007. Return the toys to any KB Toys store in exchange for store credit. For more information call 888-843-9520 or visit http://www.recall.kbtinfo.com.

    • About 63,000 green, plastic cups shaped like Frankenstein's head, imported by Dollar General Merchandising Inc. The cups were sold at Dollar general stores around the country in September. For a refund or replacement product, return the key chains to the place of purchase. For more information, call 800-678-9258 or visit http://www.dollargeneral.com.

    • About 192,000 key chains imported by Dollar General Merchandising Inc. The key chains feature a metal charm engraved with "wisdom," "truth," "believe," "love," "hope" or "dream." They were sold at Dollar General stores around the country between June 2005 and August 2007. For a refund or replacement product, return the key chains to the place of purchase. For more information, call 800-678-9258 or visit http://www.dollargeneral.com.

    • About 150,000 bookmarks and journals, imported by Antioch Publishing. The products feature a variety of decorations including breast cancer awareness and Winnie the Pooh. The bookmarks and journals were sold at book, card and gift stores around the country between March 2005 and October 2007. Some of the bookmarks were sold with bracelets. For more information, or to arrange for a refund, call 800-543-1515 or visit http://www.antioch.com.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rs812 View Post
    I'm so goddamn sick of this Chinese bullshit. When is the American buying public going to wake up and stop buying it.
    Capitalism thrives with cheap chinese products. It's pathetic, but it'll never end, not without a revolution the likes of which we'll never see.

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    Starbucks recalls China-made mugs
    Oct 11, 2007

    Starbucks, the coffee shop chain, has become the latest US company to issue a voluntary recall of China-made products because of child safety concerns.

    Following in the heels of Mattel and Hasbro, the largest US toymakers, the Seattle-based coffee company is recalling a quarter of a million plastic children's mugs sold at its stores between May 2006 and August this year. The mugs have moulded plastic animal faces representing a ladybird, a turtle, a bunny and a chick and have a plastic top.

    According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, which publicises product recalls, the plastic faces on the mugs have in some cases broken off, exposing sharp edges, and in at least two cases have led to children starting to choke on the fragments.

    The retailer is offering to refund the cost of the mugs and is offering customers who return them a free coffee. In October 2006, the Starbucks recalled 73,000 Chinese-made coffee makers because faulty wiring caused some to melt their plastic shells.

    A Starbucks spokesman described the recall as an isolated incident and said the company had no plans to change its current product sourcing practices.
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    JC Penney, others recall 90,000 toys for lead

    The contaminated products include Winnie the Pooh play sets and miniature Jeff Gordon NASCAR helmets.

    October 11 2007

    (AP) -- More than 90,000 children's products, most imported by J.C. Penney Co. Inc., were recalled Thursday for containing dangerous levels of lead, a government safety group announced.


    J.C. Penney recalled Chinese-made Winnie the Pooh play sets and decorative ornaments with a horse-theme, as well as art kits made in Taiwan and Vietnam. Totaling 70,400, the toys imported and sold by J.C. Penney all had excessive levels of lead in their surface paint.

    Lead is toxic if ingested by young children. Under current regulations, children's products found to have more than 0.06 percent lead accessible to users are subject to a recall.

    Consumer Product Safety Commission spokeswoman Julie Vallese said this round of toy recalls is "the direct result of the commitment that was made earlier this summer of cleaning the proverbial house."

    "We anticipate that we will continue to find products that are in violation, but we also anticipate that the number of products that are in violation will go down," she said.

    Due to the recent increase in recalls of lead-contaminated toys, J.C. Penney asked an independent laboratory to perform additional tests on its painted toys, according to spokeswoman Darcie Brossart. This process started sometime in August, she said, and the company alerted the CPSC to a potential recall just under two weeks ago.

    An additional 20,300 Chinese-made toys were recalled by three other companies, according to CPSC. Miniature Jeff Gordon NASCAR helmets by Riddell Inc., bendable dinosaur toys by Kipp Brothers, and magnetic art kits by Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores were also recalled for lead-contamination.

    "What we don't want parents to do is say 'oh not another one' and do nothing about it," Vallese said. She encouraged parents not only to remove the recalled toys from children, but to follow the instructions to obtain refund or replacement products.

    "Consumers do deserve to get something back for their recalled product," Vallese said.
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