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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Mattel Recalls


So, Mattel is recalling 9,000,000 (that’s not a typo - six zeros) toys, due to safety hazards, such as lead paint and magnets that are not completely embedded. The reason for the lackluster attention to safety standards? Mattel’s toys are produced in China, which is evidently too far away for them to keep a good eye on the assembly process.

This morning on Today, it was suggested that the answer to the problem was NEW safety standards. Never once was it mentioned that those jobs might need to come back home, where production can actually be watched. Not to mention giving a boost to the economy of the country that actually FEEDS Mattel.

Why is Mattel providing jobs to China, a country with one of the worst human rights records in the world, anyway? For those not familiar, just Google the words China human rights. It’s likely to be a real education.