23 August 2007
US toy producer Mattel has recalled nearly half a million more toys after further fears about lead paint.
It follows a recall earlier this month of 967,000 products after a contract manufacturer used a paint containing lead, which was not approved by Mattel (Web news, 3 August
). Paint with excessive amounts of lead can be toxic if consumed by young children.
The latest recall results from investigations into the original scare. It found the finishing of the latest toys had been subcontracted to another supplier that had used paint from an unauthorised source.
Mattel said it had immediately implemented a new three-stage check system to ensure paint and finished toys were tested, and had tightened controls on supplier production.
US Senator Dick Durbin has ordered third-party inspections of China-produced toys entering the country. "We can't wait any longer for China to crack down on its lax safety standards," he said.