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Unsafe toys rampant in markets

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 7:50 am

Although Ho Chi Minh City Market Management Board September 15 started to inspect toy businesses, rampant objects for children’s fun without CR (Conformity of Regulation) safety stamps are sold in streets or markets,

Market inspectors are checking toys

Under the new technical regulation of the Ministry of Science and Technology taking effect on September 15, toys must be labeled with CR stamps to help minimize health and safety risks among kids during play.

The regulation includes methods for testing materials and other substances contained in toys as well as the management of import and production activities for toys.

In sidewalks, display of varieties of toys in streets such as Nguyen Van Cu- An Duong Vuong, Luong Nhu Hoc, Nguyen Trai, Hong Bang in district 5 and Nguyen Tri Phuong in district 10 has attracted kids. Vendors all said they didn’t care about the regulation because they can immediately hide toys when police arrive.

Legal toy shops, supermarkets, book stores and old-age markets like Kim Bien and Binh Tay sell cars, dolls and plastic objects, smuggled mainly from China without safety certificates. A wholesaler in Binh Tay market, considered as biggest distributor of toys in the city, said it is hard to sell products with CR stamp because they are usually expensive than imported varieties  without being labeled; moreover, a few designs of legal toys have been produced.

In addition, many parents also prefer buying Chinese toys because they are cheaper and more modern, with more moveable parts compared to locally made products.

Retailers in the city said no importers or enterprises have withdraw  products without safety stamps. They therefore didn’t know what objects have been given accreditation. Furthermore, retailers complained that no relevant agencies have given them detailed instructions, they just heard the regulation through public media.

Inspectors discovered many products without safety stamps in supermarkets, toy shops, and book stores in the city on September 15 as well as fake stamps. Head of the department of city’s market management Dang Van Duc said inspectors would fine businesses, confiscate or destroy illegal products.

Source: SGGP

Unchecked toys remain on market after ministry ban

In Uncategorized on April 22, 2010 at 4:14 pm

Unchecked toys remain on market after ministry ban

QĐND – Thursday, April 22, 2010, 21:42 (GMT+7)

Many toys without safety labels remain on the market although the Ministry of Science and Technology banned such items on April 15.

Hoang Lam, deputy director of the Quality Assurance and Testing Centre No 3 (Quatest 3), said toys must be tested for aromatic amine, formaldehyde, pH level, physical safety, and poisonous content on paint, fabric, plastic and metal.

Trusted agencies for tests are Quatest 1, 2, 3 and Standard Approval Centre (Quacert).

“Toys for kids under 16 years old have to be checked and labeled safe before they come to market,” said Tran Tuyet Nhung, deputy director of the Assessment Department under the General Department of Standards, Measurement and Quality.

But toyshops in HCM City and Hanoi are full of unchecked items that can be seen at Tan Dinh and Binh Tay markets, shops on Phan Dinh Phung street in HCM City , or Hanoi ’s Hang Ma, Cha Ca, Luong Van Can streets.

Nguyen Truong Son, deputy head of Hanoi ’s Market Watch Division 2, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that his division had not seen any of the new labels, which were supposed to be issued by the ministry.

HCM City Market Watch Division is currently carrying out checks on toys. About 90 percent of the toys are of Chinese origin, with no information or instructions in the Vietnamese language, the division said.

Lam said it would take a long time to conduct inspections on items imported to the country before April 15. “Distributors of toys are reluctant to send goods to testing agencies for tests as well,” he said.

Nhung said there were still no labels on goods from exporters and distributors.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Toxic chemicals found in a third of children’s toys: study

In World on December 3, 2009 at 10:43 am

A third of the most popular children’s toys in the United States this year contain harmful chemicals including lead, cadmium, arsenic and mercury, a US consumer group said Wednesday.

A shopper checking out toys at a US store. (Photo: AFP)

The Ecology Center, which published its findings on the website, tested nearly 700 toys ahead of the Christmas shopping season and found that 32 percent contained one or more toxic chemical.

The number of products exceeding current federal limits for lead in toys has dropped by 67 percent since 2007, though the chemical, which can affect the nervous system, was still present in 18 percent of toys, according to the center.

Lead levels in toys varied, with seven percent containing more than 40 parts per million (ppm), the highest level recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2007.

Another three percent of the products tested had levels exceeding 300 ppm, the federally-mandated limit, the study said.

Among the toys with detectable lead levels were the Barbie Bike Flair Accessory Kit, the Dora the Explorer Activity Tote and the Kid’s Poncho sold by Wal-Mart stores, the Michigan-based Ecology Center said.

The study, which used a portable x-ray fluorescence analyzer, also found cadmium levels greater than 100 ppm in 3.3 percent — or 22 — of the products tested and arsenic levels over 100 ppm in 1.3 percent — or nine — of the toys.

The authors said they were also concerned after finding that 42 percent of the toys tested contained PVC.

“PVC is the worst plastic from an environmental health perspective because it creates major hazards in its manufacture, product life and disposal, and can contain additives that are dangerous to human health,” the study said.

The center, which has tested some 4,000 children’s products over the past three years, has created an online database where consumers can check whether the toys they have purchased contain toxic chemicals.

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