Editor's Note 21

With the holiday season approaching, toy manufacturers and retailers are aggressively going into “damage control” mode in the face of product recalls and ongoing questions about toys made in China. Testimony to Congress last week by both

April 6, 2018

With the holiday season approaching, toy manufacturers and retailers are aggressively going into “damage control” mode in the face of product recalls and ongoing questions about toys made in China. Testimony to Congress last week by both federal regulators and toy manufacturers detailed loose Chinese standards and spotty U.S. enforcement that have contributed to a spate of recalls of Chinese-made toys, food, and other products as health threats. Seeking to tamp down public outrage, Robert Eckert, CEO of Mattel Inc.—which experienced three massive toy recalls this summer—told a Senate Appropriations subcommittee that the company would now test the safety of Chinese-made products with its own laboratories or with laboratories certified by the company.

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