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No Test, No Trust, No Toy - Christmas 2007 by awakening Monday, November 12, 2007


Lou Dobbs Tonight CNN Dangerous Imports
• toysafety.net
• Consumer Reports
• U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC) list of recalled toys.
• Mattel's fact page on the toy recall.

MoveOn.org

Brand X doesn't break when dropped on the floor, but brand B does. Brand X passes with flying colors! Except the problem with brand X is that the threat can't be seen, smelled or tasted....brand X is chalk full of yummy lead toxins and the ONE inspector can only do so much in one day. So brand X is put out on the shelf for shoppers looking for that perfect toy for a special boy or girl. That special little boy or girl that we would go to the ends of the earth for. And we will, I assure you. Because the after affects of lead toxins just may cause them to 'stay' our little boy and girl at age 15, 35, 45 and 60 years. By the By...brand D passed because it didn't break near as much when it hit the floor and brand W wasn't inspected at all, no time, not enough inspectors. So swallowing and choking to death on a piece of toy seems much worse then sucking on lead, doesn't it? Ludicrous, is what Nancy Nord is.....she needs to resign and Congress better step in and bring the Consumer Protection Agency back to its origin. I now tag the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) as the agency of Consumer Predator Sales Commission.....

Safety Agency Faces Scrutiny Amid Changes By ERIC LIPTON New York Times Published: September 2, 2007

"He had hijacked the presentation,” Ms. Ingle said in an interview. “He was distorting the numbers in order to benefit industry and defeat the petition. It was almost like he still worked for them, not us.”

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"At the agency’s cramped laboratory, a lone employee is charged with testing suspected defective toys from across the nation. At the nearby headquarters, safety initiatives have been stalled or dropped after dozens of jobs were eliminated in budget cutbacks.

“Buyer beware — that is all I have to say,” Suzanne Barone, the poison prevention expert, who left in 2005, said.

"At the nation’s ports, the handful of agency inspectors are hard pressed to find dangerous cargo before it enters the country; instead, they rely on other federal agents, who mostly act as trademark enforcers, looking for counterfeit Nike sneakers or Duracell batteries."

"At the agency’s cramped laboratory, a lone employee is charged with testing suspected defective toys from across the nation. At the nearby headquarters, safety initiatives have been stalled or dropped after dozens of jobs were eliminated in budget cutbacks."

Editorial Consumers Left in the Cold New York Times Published September 6, 2007 Bush administration dislikes regulation "It has watered down standards and deprived regulatory agencies of the resources they need to do their jobs." AND "because it took months to report loose screws on its Little People Animal Sounds Farm."

Consumer Product Safety Commission "The commission’s puny fines, capped at less than $2 million, are clearly no deterrent against flouting its rules and should be raised. But rather than tightening consumer protections, the Bush administration seems happy to let the agency decline."

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"Meanwhile, budget and staff cuts are weakening the agency’s ability to detect wrongdoing, even as the nation is hit by wave after wave of recalls of Chinese imports."But in this summer of recalls, Mattel’s cavalier approach is a chilling reminder of the dangers of coddling industry and starving regulators."

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"Nancy Nord Acting Chairman, Consumer Product Safety Commission Washington, Sept. 12, 2007 New York Times "Gib Mullan, the commission’s director of compliance."

AND

She said "If the logic behind the accusation were correct — working in an industry or profession disqualifies one from ever overseeing or reporting on that industry — then not only would the federal government be unable to function, but I suspect your newspaper would also suddenly find itself bereft of reporters and probably editors."

Not for All the Lead in China. By Dana Milbank Washington Post Thursday, September 13, 2007 "After much hemming and hawing from Nord about her agency's ability to stop dangerous toys coming from China, Brownback got cranky: "Chairman, what I want to hear is you say these products are not going to enter our shores if that's what you continue to find."

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"Among the nuggets served up at yesterday's hearing: The CPSC's staff, once 978, is down to 401; its budget is half of what it was three decades ago, in inflation-adjusted terms; its toy-testing department consists of one man, Bob, who drops toys on the floor in his office; and its toy-testing lab is an overloaded workbench in its outmoded headquarters. "We believe the agency's leadership has failed," Sally Greenberg of Consumers Union told the panel."

Companies Critical of Lead-Free Claims By ANDREW BRIDGES The Associated Press Washington Post Tuesday, September 18, 2007 "Many of the companies behind the recalls of gumball machine trinkets, toy soldiers and costume jewelry said their suppliers signed agreements to comply with U.S. lead standards, according to some of 19 company responses to congressional inquiries released Tuesday. "

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"Among those expected to testify are CPSC acting chairwoman Nancy Nord and Mattel Inc. chief executive Robert Eckert. Mattel has recalled about 1.5 million toys because of excessive lead. Company testing found paint on its recalled toys typically was about 1 percent lead _ nearly 17 times the 0.06 percent allowed by law. Other paint samples had lead levels as high as 11 percent, or 183 times what is permitted, Mattel said."

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"We did and it failed," Dumphy wrote. The company later recalled about 123,000 pieces of jewelry."

News articles and analysis about "Consumers Union of U.S. Inc." from washingtonpost.com

Product Recalls Ding and Dent Consumer Confidence - Drains Dollars Tuesday, September 18, 2007 "Consumer Affairs"

Toy Recalls - Buy at Your Own Risk - New American Motto Monday, September 17, 2007

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China Recalls Tainted Leukemia Drugs By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN The Associated Press Washington Post Sunday, September 16, 2007 "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."

China recalls leukaemia drugs in safety scare Reuters Washington Post Sunday, September 16, 2007 "In the wake of several widely publicized product recalls, Beijing has launched a nationwide campaign to improve product quality and food safety."

Health Highlights: "Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments,compiled by editors ofHealthDay: China Recalls Two Leukemia Drugs" Washington Post Sunday, September 16, 2007

Product Recalls Saturday, September 15, 2007 Washington Post "DETAILS: Chrysler is recalling more than 156,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Commander sport-utility vehicles from the 2006-07 model years, more than 90,000 2007 Jeep Wrangler SUVs and nearly 50,000 2007 Dodge Nitro SUVs." link to the 2 1-800 # s on page
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