Made-in-China products recall, what’s next?

September 7, 2007 at 4:01 pm | Posted in All, Life et al, news | 3 Comments

June 2007. R2C Corp voluntarily recalled 1.5 million wooden railway toys and parts from its Thomas and Friends wooden railway products line. The surface paint on certain toys and parts contained lead.

July 2007. The Philippine government ordered the pull-out of White Rabbit candies from store shelves. The candies tested positive for formalin, a formaldehyde solution well known as an embalming agent.

August 3, 2007. Mattel recalled Fisher Price toys worldwide. The toys contain excessive amounts of lead. In Australia alone, 43000 toys were recalled.

August 14, 2007. Mattel announced its second major recall of Chinese-made toys contaminated with lead paint. At the same time, it recalled millions of other toys whose small powerful magnets could come loose and be swallowed by children.

And then the owner of Chinese toy factory killed himself just days after his company copped a temporary ban from exports. He committed suicide. Or did he?

There was also the recall of cheap toothpaste which apparently contain unsafe levels of diethylene glycol (DEG).

September 2007. For the third time, another major recall from Mattel. This time in its Barbie accessories, including Barbie Dream Puppy House. The recall also include Big Big World 6-in-1 Bongo Band toys and Geo Trax locomotive toys.

With China being the manufacturer of 80% of toys worldwide, it wouldn’t be a surprise if there are more products out there that are not safe for children and adults alike. Even the much-loved McHappy Meal toys are made in China!

It seems inevitable not to have any China-made products and/or produce. From food to clothing to shoes to home appliances to electronic gadgets to anything-you-can-think-of, products from China abound.

Made-in-China equates to cheap and low quality and poor workmanship. I have proven this over and over again in electrical and electronic products. As an electronic technician, I have time and again witnessed how poor is the workmanship of products from this country. Almost always, the product is inferior. Disposable.

This is where I am proud of us Pinoys, as workers. Having worked in manufacturing for over eight years, I can proudly say that the workmanship of Pinoy workers are way beyond that of their Chinese counterparts. We pride ourselves in our skills. But I digress.

But why do people still patronise or buy products that are made in China? Because of the dollar factor. In these times where interest rates are sky high, an average Joe Smith is struggling to make ends meet. Besides, if you go to a shop (any shop for that matter), over half of the merchandise will be imported from China anyway. The choices are narrow.

I’m just wondering, if an average Joe Smith is struggling to make ends meet, how much more an average Juan de la Cruz? But that’s another story.

So China, what’s next to be recalled on your inferior list of products?


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  1. I also find this trend worrying, without a proper quality test and assurance, Chinese products does not really offer much value no matter how cheap they are. I think I’d rather pay a little bit more if they could assure me that their products are safe and meet industry standard than buy dirt cheap but risky products.

    You might be interested in this article I’ve read from Time magazine discussing the dangers of shoddy products coming from China.

  2. I just heard on the news that Mattel apologized to China operations. In the end, Mattel was responsible… They have their own Quality Assurance standards process and they clearly didn’t put it into effect when approving the products coming from China.

    (I’m speaking from a QA standpoint… since I’m a software QA specialist… A company with integrity… that cares about quality cannot simply always pass the blame to the labourers/companies it outsources.)

    “The buck stops here.”

  3. Hi Raquel, thanks for the article link. I have read it. It is indeed worrying but looks like it’s not gonna end anytime soon. I just hope China would learn a thing or two from this issue and work on improving quality standards.

    @ Fruityoaty: I understand your stand point. Passing the buck does not solve anything. Let this be a lesson for Mattel and all other companies out there outsourcing to China.

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