China and Toy Safety Part 2
A research project on lead poisoning from children's toys manufactured in China, put into comic form.
Here in Canada, our laws say that 90 mg/kg total lead is the maximum for most items that come into contact with children, and with children's jewellery (that would be worn often), there is a different restraint of 600 mg/kg total lead, but only 90 mg/kg can be migratable lead. Lead-based paint is not legal for use in Canada. Unfortunately, there is currently no common way to test for lead in any children's products.
Risking the safety of our children by allowing illegal amounts of lead into products seems to be something that many companies in China, one of the largest producers of toys in the world, do not mind. This attitude is not just illegal, but highly unethical.
That's easy; for money!
Why would the mean man do this?
I have even experienced this myself when I was younger! Many years ago, on a school trip at Ripley's Aquarium, I bought a pair of pink turtle earrings. Unfortunately, they broke soon after, but that ended up being a good thing! When they went in to be fixed, we found out that they were made out of lead and should not be worn anyways! They were cute and appealing to a child such as myself, and because they go directly into your ears, it could have potentially caused harm if they hadn't broken.
Overall, it seems like many companies, even prominent ones, don't mind cutting corners in their products to achieve more profits, and that regulations need to be better upheld by the government to keep people safe. Lead is a serious threat on people's health, and it seems like something that shouldn't be a problem in today's educated society.
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