China Toy Boss Kills Self After Recall – Audra Ang

Forbes carried AP’s reoport that Zhang Shuhong, the co-owner of Lee Der Industrial Co. Ltd, committed suicide after “China announced it had temporarily banned exports by the company.”

Lee Der made 967,000 toys recalled earlier this month by Mattel Inc. because they were made with paint found to have excessive amounts of lead. The plastic preschool toys, sold under the Fisher-Price brand in the U.S., included the popular Big Bird, Elmo, Dora and Diego characters.

It was among the largest recalls in recent months involving Chinese products, which have come under fire for globally for containing potentially dangerous high levels of chemicals and toxins….[Full Text]

– Read also earlier original post “Maker of Recalled Toys Killed Himself” by Michael Zhao via CDT.
– Read also BBC News’ coverage here
– [Image: The recall affected some well-known toys on sale in the US and UK, via BBC]

August 13, 2007 8:43 AM
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