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Friday, October 05, 2007


Be prepared for this one.

More than 1 million Chinese-made plastic badges, found to contain unsafe amounts of lead, are being recalled by The Boy Scouts of America.

The recalled "totem" badges are worn on the shirt pockets by Cub Scouts. They were sold to Scoutmasters as part of an "immediate recognition kit" during the past seven years.

Because of the multitude of recalls of Chinese-made toys, the organization started its own testing program this year, spokesman Gregg Shields said.

Routine tests showed unacceptable levels of lead in the badges. So far, they are the only Boy Scout products of the 94 tested found to be unsafe. There have been no reports of illnesses.

The badges have been pulled from the market and parents are being asked to remove the items from their children.

Maybe it's time for U.S. toy manufacturers to take a tip from the Scouts ("I will do my best") and bring their business home.

(AP Photo)

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Anonymous Pete said...

I suspect we did it to ourselves in the long run. We let too much business go to foreign countries.
Now we must bear the brunt of poor quality due to insufficient governmental regulations in those countries.
Cheap foreign imports of goods that used to be produced here.
Foreign nations have import limitations,so too should we.

Fri Oct 05, 03:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is the greediness of the unions in this country that haved forced manufacturers to have production facilities overseas. Unskilled factory workers should not be making $20+ per hour before benefits which average another $6 per hour. If we left that type of work here Matchbox cars would cost $5 each.

Fri Oct 05, 03:37:00 PM  
Anonymous proofreader said...

Maybe they can earn the newest badge: lead poisoning detox badge

Hate to think what may be found in Girl Scout cookie ingredients this year. Toxic Tagalongs?

Fri Oct 05, 09:19:00 PM  
Anonymous aunt leady said...

what a way to get thin with thin mints?

Fri Oct 05, 09:44:00 PM  
Anonymous scout leader to scout said...

come on, get the lead out!

Sat Oct 06, 10:25:00 AM  

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