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Federal Regulators Fine Company for Lead in Toys

Federal Regulators Fine Company for Lead in Toys

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Daiso Holding USA and its subsidiaries signed a consent decree agreeing to pay the Consumer Product Safety Commission a fine of $2,050,000 in connection with charges that it imported toys contaminated with lead. The consent decree also bars future imports until Daiso establishes a comprehensive safety program that includes product testing and a recall procedure. The Daiso fine is on the high end of the scale for CPSC fines, with the highest to date being a $2.3 million civil penalty levied last year against Mattel Fisher-Price.

The U.S. has banned lead paint since 1978 due to its health dangers, particularly to children. Inhaling lead dust or consuming paint chips containing lead can lead to a variety of health problems. In children, the health problems caused by exposure to lead paint include brain damage, hyperactivity, growth retardation, headaches and hearing problems. For adults, the problems associated with lead paint exposure include reproductive problems, memory loss, high blood pressure, digestive issues, nervous disorders, and joint and muscle pain.

The CPSC is charged with protecting the public from risk of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products including toys. The CPSC collects incident reports on consumer products, issues recalls and enforces product safety standards. There are more than 4,500 product recalls and product alerts detailed on the CPSC website. Since 2008, five of those recalls have involved Daiso products.

While CPSC evaluates injury reports and issues recall notices, upfront product safety testing remains the responsibility of manufacturers bringing consumer products to market.
Category: Federal Laws
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