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China exports lead poisoning
WorldNetDaily ^ | June 7, 2007 | WorldNetDaily

Posted on 06/12/2007 10:13:26 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

WASHINGTON – In the wake of scandals involving tainted food and toothpaste from China comes word of a new concern from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission as well as the Food and Drug Administration – toys, makeup, glazed pottery and other products that contain significant amounts of lead.

While lead poisoning among children was once mainly caused by old paint, U.S. manufacturers long ago banned the ingredient. Today, a new rash of high lead levels in the bloodstreams of American kids is being caused by foreign products – mainly from China.

So serious is the resurgence of lead poisoning among U.S. children that the Iowa Department of Public Health is working on writing a new law to require mandatory testing of those entering school for the first time.

WND Exclusive China exports lead poisoning From eye shadow to glazed pottery, products pose danger to U.S. kids Posted: June 7, 2007 1:00 a.m. Eastern

© 2007 WorldNetDaily.com

Chinese eye shadow has been found to be tainted with both lead and microbiological contamination

WASHINGTON – In the wake of scandals involving tainted food and toothpaste from China comes word of a new concern from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission as well as the Food and Drug Administration – toys, makeup, glazed pottery and other products that contain significant amounts of lead.

While lead poisoning among children was once mainly caused by old paint, U.S. manufacturers long ago banned the ingredient. Today, a new rash of high lead levels in the bloodstreams of American kids is being caused by foreign products – mainly from China.

So serious is the resurgence of lead poisoning among U.S. children that the Iowa Department of Public Health is working on writing a new law to require mandatory testing of those entering school for the first time.

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Lead poisoning, once a concern mainly in dilapidated urban areas, can cause learning disabilities, kidney failure, anemia and irreversible brain damage in children.

Rita Gergely, chief of Iowa's bureau of lead poisoning prevention, specifically cited concerns about children's jewelry imported from China.

Because of lead contamination, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of several children's items all imported from China:

Children's metal jewelry was found to contain high levels of lead. About 103,000 multicolored necklaces, bracelets, earrings and charms imported by Tween Brands Inc. of New Albany, Ohio, were affected. Some of the jewelry have the words "High School Musical" printed on them or include pictures of the popular movie. Others have frogs, hearts, stars, dogs with dog bones, flowers, and monkeys that hang from silver, black or brown chains or cords. The jewelry was sold at Limited Too and Justice retail stores nationwide.

Toy drums coated with red paint were found to contain excessive levels of lead. About 4,500 of the Eli's Small Drums and Liberty's Large Drums were recalled. They were sold in gift and collectible stores nationwide and were imported by Boyds Collection Ltd in Pennsylvania.

About 3,000 action figure toys called "Invincibles Transport Converters" contain surface paints with high levels of lead. They were imported by the Army & Air Force Exchange Service of Dallas.

Children's gardening gloves imported by MTD Products of Valley City, Ohio, were found to have a stamp-painted logo on the backside containing high levels of lead.

Children's turquoise rings imported by Cardinal Distributing in Baltimore were found to have high lead levels. About 300,000 of the silver-colored rings were recalled.

About 200,000 children's necklaces, bracelets and rings imported by Spandrel Sales and Marketing Inc. of Tempe, Ariz., were found to contain high lead levels. The recalled jewelry included pendants that hang from silver-colored bracelet and necklace chains, and silver-colored rings with a charm on top. Charm shapes include silver-colored crosses, suns, moons, stars, butterflies, cupids, angels, keys, elephants, hands, cell phones, fish and shoes. They were sold mostly in vending machines for 25 cents.

About 5,000 bamboo game sets called "Anima" were found to contain lead paint. The products were imported by and sold in Target stores nationwide.

About 132,000 children's necklaces using a fish symbol, popular among Christians, were found to be contaminated with lead. They were imported by the Oriental Trading Company Inc., of Omaha, Neb.

Multi-colored and solid-colored sidewalk chalk packaged in a clear plastic backpack-type carrying case and imported by Toys R Us were also found to contain significant levels of lead. The label reads: "Chalk To Go … 24 pieces, sidewalk chalk in different colors, fun chalk shapes."

All of these products were recalled in May, and they were the only products recalled by the CPSC for high lead levels.

Meanwhile, the FDA, which has been on high alert regarding China imports since the poison pet food scandal broke, warns about eye shadow imported from China. Called kohl, it is used to create black lines around the eyes. Not only has the makeup been found to contain high lead levels, eight brands of Chinese kohl were halted by the FDA because of "microbiological contamination."

In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found bacterial parasites in contact lens solution imported from China. At least 21 consumers were found to have developed eye conditions as a result of using Complete Moisture Plus.

As WND reported yesterday, the FDA issued consumer warnings to avoid using potentially deadly Chinese-made toothpaste, while the Chinese government continued to deny there was any danger from the contaminant diethylene glycol – a solvent used in antifreeze that killed 107 Americans when it was introduced in an elixir 70 years ago.

Though the FDA is not aware of any U.S. reports of poisonings from the toothpaste, 51 people died in Panama after using a cold medicine laced with DEG.

A slew of Chinese exports have recently been banned or turned away by U.S. inspectors including, wheat gluten tainted with the chemical melamine that has been blamed for dog and cat deaths in North America, monkfish that turned out to be toxic pufferfish, drug-laced frozen eel and juice made with unsafe color additives.

As WND reported earlier this week, China, the leading exporter of seafood to the U.S., is raising most of its fish products in water contaminated with raw sewage and compensating by using dangerous drugs and chemicals, many of which are banned by the FDA.

The stunning news followed WND's report last week that FDA inspectors report tainted food imports from China are being rejected with increasing frequency because they are filthy, are contaminated with pesticides and tainted with carcinogens, bacteria and banned drugs.

China has consistently topped the list of countries whose products were refused by the FDA – and that list includes many countries, including Mexico and Canada, who export far more food products to the U.S. than China.

While less than half of Asia has access to sewage treatment plants, aquaculture – the raising of seafood products – has become big business on the continent, especially in China.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bacteria; cdc; chicomms; children; china; chineseimports; cosmetics; cpsc; eyeshadow; fda; freetrade; imports; jewelry; kohl; lead; leadpoisoning; paint; prc; toxicchina; toys; trade

1 posted on 06/12/2007 10:13:31 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Is it just me, or is China having a Quality problem?

Apparently, they’ve never heard of 6-sigma.

Maybe that’s why their junk is so cheap.


2 posted on 06/12/2007 10:16:02 AM PDT by Westbrook (Having more children does not divide your love, it multiplies it!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

China, meet US regulations which can make US products more expensive to produce and/or make US workers more expensive to hire.


3 posted on 06/12/2007 10:16:44 AM PDT by dhs12345
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks; All

End China’s free ride to economic and military superpower.

Vote Duncan Hunter. The ONLY man still referiing to these enemies as the “communist Chinese”


4 posted on 06/12/2007 10:16:48 AM PDT by pissant
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

So ingest no food from China. Now eat no food off china from China. How about buy nothing from China. We didn’t need it anyway. Good advice.


5 posted on 06/12/2007 10:18:42 AM PDT by Paperdoll ( Vote for Duncan Hunter in the Primaries for America's sake!)
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To: Westbrook

They are not the Japanese.

One of the many issues with outsourcing. You get what you pay for.


6 posted on 06/12/2007 10:18:50 AM PDT by dhs12345
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Chi Comms have a meeting: “America cares about quality? Who knew! We give this crap to our own serfs, er, people, and no one complains!”


7 posted on 06/12/2007 10:20:55 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (The Democrat Party: radical Islam's last hope)
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To: Paperdoll

Try sourcing a computer that doesn’t have parts made in China.


8 posted on 06/12/2007 10:24:26 AM PDT by RFC_Gal (It's not just a boulder; It's a rock! A ro-o-ock. The pioneers used to ride these babies for miles!)
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To: Westbrook
Maybe that’s why their junk is so cheap.

The cost of complying with government regulation is a significant amount. However, as we're learning, there are very good reasons for some government regulation. On the other hand, competitors could capitalize on this news by advertising their lead-free products as an alternative. The market can regulate where the government cannot.

9 posted on 06/12/2007 10:24:40 AM PDT by TChris (The Republican Party is merely the Democrat Party's "away" jersey - Vox Day)
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To: nw_arizona_granny

You saw this coming 2 years ago.

Here is your post from 2005

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1385103/posts?page=19#19

You were right again.


10 posted on 06/12/2007 10:26:55 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Hmmm, I'd forgotten I got an email about this a couple months ago, until I read this article.

Think I'll be resending that link along with this article to a few friends.
11 posted on 06/12/2007 10:36:53 AM PDT by elc (Guns kill people the same way the spoon made Rosie O'Donnell fat.)
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To: Westbrook

Come on - they invented six sigma 4,000 years ago in the Middle Kingdom, however reporting bad production numbers for your military run slave labor factory usually results in a very quick onset of lead poisioning.


12 posted on 06/12/2007 10:39:20 AM PDT by Waverunner ( "Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too." Voltaire)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Well if it ain’t Po it’s Pb.

The Russkies use polonium, the Chinese use lead. And if the Russians aren’t poisoning their own citizens, the Chinese are exporting their poison. I think it’s a good idea to just not set foot in Asia for awhile.


13 posted on 06/12/2007 10:40:18 AM PDT by G8 Diplomat (Political "protests" are nothing more than mass whining)
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To: Westbrook
Well, they found a way to get rid of their mercury (Compact Florescent bulbs) and they needed a way to get rid of all that old lead from semiconductors and computer monitors they had laying around.
14 posted on 06/12/2007 10:43:53 AM PDT by Holicheese (Zap Razdowler Rules!)
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To: Westbrook

Six Sigma only works if one actually cares about the end product.


15 posted on 06/12/2007 10:49:25 AM PDT by colinhester
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Isn’t it great to trade with China? Makes you appreciate what little stuff we still make here.


16 posted on 06/12/2007 10:50:39 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks; mom4kittys; LucyT

Thanks for posting.


17 posted on 06/12/2007 10:51:15 AM PDT by sweetiepiezer
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To: Westbrook

China has no standards and cannot meet our regulations.

There is a reason their products are so cheap.


18 posted on 06/12/2007 11:05:56 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (Truth : Liberals :: Kryptonite : Superman)
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To: RFC_Gal

I know. But there are things less necessary we can do without.


19 posted on 06/12/2007 11:20:01 AM PDT by Paperdoll ( Vote for Duncan Hunter in the Primaries for America's sake!)
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To: 3D-JOY; abner; Abundy; AGreatPer; Albion Wilde; alisasny; ALlRightAllTheTime; AlwaysFree; ...

PING!


20 posted on 06/12/2007 11:23:32 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Will I be suspended again for this remark?)
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To: dhs12345
“One of the many issues with outsourcing. You get what you pay for.”

You get what you pay for....if your lucky.

True story, went to the local walmart and purchased a lawn sprinkler. It broke almost immediately. Took it back, got another.....this time it broke after I threw away the receipt a few weeks later. Bought another...guess what?

I finally went down to the Home supply store and specifically searched for an American made sprinkler.

Yeah, I paid a little extra, but’cha know what? This sucker was heavy and sturdy. I since had to buy another....my son ran over it with the lawn mower. lol.

Buy American whenever ya can!!!!!

21 posted on 06/12/2007 11:27:20 AM PDT by servantboy777
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To: elc

Thanks. I enjoyed that and passed it on to a few! :o)


22 posted on 06/12/2007 11:31:39 AM PDT by Paperdoll ( Vote for Duncan Hunter in the Primaries for America's sake!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Once again, China shows its hostility to America.


23 posted on 06/12/2007 11:41:06 AM PDT by TBP
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To: Arizona Carolyn; mom4kittys; blam; Salamander; Red Badger; WakeUpAndVote; dirtboy; Overtaxed; ...

24 posted on 06/12/2007 11:42:18 AM PDT by mom4kittys (If velvet could sing, it would sound like Josh Groban)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

We should ban all Red Chinese goods from our country, or at least put a tariff on them so stiff that nobody will pay it.


25 posted on 06/12/2007 11:45:38 AM PDT by TBP
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To: RFC_Gal

I looked for shoes and could not find one that was not made in China. If I look for clothes and the ConglomWorld brand makes clothes in Indonesia, Cambodia and China, does it matter which one I buy? It’s all a Chinese company anyway. If I buy fabric to make my own clothes, and I can’t sew worth a darn, a lot of the fabric comes from China. I bought a health product today - noticed too late it says CE on the package - don’t want to put that into my body! Christmas lights - all made in China - I have stopped buying them.

Mrs VS


26 posted on 06/12/2007 11:48:45 AM PDT by VeritatisSplendor
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To: TBP

We could at least revoke the MFN/Normal trading status. Yeah, I know, we made it permanent, but, as Dr. Laura has written, promises can be broken if the keeping of said promises will result in people getting hurt.


27 posted on 06/12/2007 11:57:02 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Will I be suspended again for this remark?)
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To: mom4kittys

And the Sheeple keep grabbin’ this junk hand over fist...


28 posted on 06/12/2007 11:59:31 AM PDT by 1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

This is a very useful post. Thank you, and thanks for the ping.


29 posted on 06/12/2007 1:14:06 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ( “A nation without borders is not a nation.” —Ronald Reagan)
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To: Tired of Taxes

ping


30 posted on 06/12/2007 2:08:46 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: mom4kittys
Thanks for the Ping.

Looks like a lot of these (especially toy) products get periodically, or even perennially, recalled for the same thing over & over again.

I guess the only thing that changes is the name on their labels.

Maybe if the product, rather than the current batch, were categorically banned from import until the importer proved...in U.S. labs...that the product was safe, something might actually change.

31 posted on 06/12/2007 2:53:22 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Islam: a Satanically Transmitted Disease, spread by unprotected intimate contact with the Koranus.)
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To: Calpernia

Yes, it had to come.

And will come even faster, now that President Bush has spoken out against them at the memorial, in the article Cindy sent to us.

This one in Threat Matrix:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1843491/posts?page=569#569

A couple months ago, I posted on the WT one about toys from China being stuffed with medical waste, from the hospitals, old bandages etc.

Here in the west, the radio runs ads to freeze the stuffed toys of the kids, to kill germs.

Is it related? I do not know.

There are some things that I would rather be wrong about.

I have been posting on the WT thread 3 or 4 recalls a week, many for lead on toys, coming from China.


32 posted on 06/12/2007 5:38:10 PM PDT by nw_arizona_granny (Did you listen to what God said to you today?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Life is cheap in China so the government treats it with disregard.

Unfortunately our lives are cheap to our government too


33 posted on 06/12/2007 8:25:56 PM PDT by ears_to_hear
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To: dhs12345
China, meet US regulations which can make US products more expensive to produce and/or make US workers more expensive to hire.

The problem with your attitude is it will not protect people you love from the potential risk of these things.

34 posted on 06/12/2007 8:31:13 PM PDT by ears_to_hear
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To: ears_to_hear

This has to be a consideration.

How much do employers pay for social security? 13 percent?

Comes out of the employers pocket.

What about fed regulations?

Another reason why illegals are cheaper to hire. Should be interesting when they are mainstreamed and suddenly they all have to pay taxes, employers have to pay taxes, etc. They wont be as cheap to hire.


35 posted on 06/13/2007 7:49:41 PM PDT by dhs12345
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