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How did we get here?

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Are we better off than Americans in 1936? Certainly, in most respects, we are. But the recent rash of toy recalls sent me to the archives for an old Consumer Reports story, our inaugural test of toys for lead in the paint and structural metal. This was our top finding: The fear of many mothers Continue Reading

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No more Chinese organics for Trader Joe

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Thanks to the Consumerist for a heads up on the sudden decision last week by health foods chain Trader Joe’s to stop selling “single ingredient” organic foods—like beans or tea or leafy veggies—imported from China. It does seem a bit like piling on. Our friends at the Consumerist theorize that the California-based firm has simply Continue Reading

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As recalls continue, Mattel says consumer anxiety abated

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Mattel announced hopefully, in this week’s Wall Street Journal, that your anxiety about unsafe toys is abating. With new recalls of lead-laden toys one after the other (WalMart toy animals yesterday, J.C. Penney’s Winnie-the-Pooh toys last week), and companies scrambling to test the imported toys arriving on our shores daily, the optimism seems premature. Do Continue Reading

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Whose customer are you?

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Do you think of yourself as a customer of Mattel or a customer of your local toy store? Its a good question, first posed by Brian White over at BloggingStocks.com. I’m guessing you think of yourself as the store’s customer. That’s why retailers—the last leg in the supply chain that brought lead painted toys into Continue Reading

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Japanese innovations make food imported from China safer

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The New York Times last week reported on Japan’s tough new ways to ensure the safety of food imports from China. The results look promising. Japan tests imported food in Japan and also screens the food producers in China. According to the Times: The Japanese have developed tough approaches for ensuring the quality of Chinese Continue Reading

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Rather be drilled by a dentist than grilled by Congress

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Things haven’t been easy lately for Nancy Nord, the Acting Chair of the CPSC. This was apparent at a Senate hearing last month when she asked in the middle of her testimony if she could leave the hearing and follow commissioner Thomas Moore to his dentist appointment. “It’s a sad day,” Nord said, “when you’d Continue Reading

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Pointing Fingers

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My grandmother was fond of reminding me that when I pointed a finger, there were three pointing back at me. She would sometimes add that it’s OK to identify faults in others, if you are willing to look at your own weaknesses. I bet my Grandmother would have had something to say about US food Continue Reading

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More than embarrassing

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Last month, toymaker RC2 of Oakbrook, Ill. recalled its “Toad” train car due to excess lead. This product had been sent to families to replace a toy previously recalled for unsafe levels of lead. According to the Washington Post: When the maker of Thomas & Friends wood railway toys recalled 1.5 million toys in June Continue Reading

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New set of lead recalls includes three from J.C. Penney

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From the Consumer Reports Safety Blog: This week’s round of recalls for lead from the Consumer Product Safety Commission includes three from Winnie retailer J.C. Penney: a Winnie-the-Pooh play set, an art set and ornaments. Recalled from other retailers were a second art set, bendable dinosaurs and a small collectible racing helmet. All of the Continue Reading

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Add recalls to the list of Halloween hazards

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From the Consumer Reports Safety Blog: Halloween always prompts a host of safety warnings. You’ve heard many of them before: Make sure costumes can be seen in the dark, be careful when placing candles and, of course, beware of tainted candy. This year, we’re sad to say, we’ve got one more caution to add to Continue Reading

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