31 May '11, 5pm

Nearly one in ten toys in China unsafe: Watchdog via @cmswire

BEIJING - CHINA'S safety watchdog has found nearly one in 10 toys in the domestic market is unsafe, highlighting widespread quality problems in the country's poorly regulated manufacturing industry. Twenty out of 242 toys selected randomly in eight provinces and metropolitan areas were found to be substandard, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said in a statement on Friday. Three of the toys contained heavy metals such as lead and chromium, which can be poisonous, while other products had sharp edges and 'dangerous protuberances", the statement said. The safety watchdog also tested other items including children's shoes, bicycles and baby walking chairs. Up to 20 per cent of each product were found to have problems including excessive levels of formaldehyde and durability issues. The reputation of China's domestic manufacturing in...

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