Monday, November 17, 2008
Thank goodness a reader let me know that this train that we have (and is played with regularly) has been recalled in Canada for containing high levels of barium. Apparently barium can cause (according to Health Canada), " nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and cramps as well as more severe symptoms."
I've never even heard of barium in toys. But I have been a little skeptical about Melissa and Doug toys, of which we have several. One thing I don't like about them is that many are made in China. I've also noticed the paint chips off of many of the toys, and I am not confident the paint is completely non-toxic and safe. I did contact Melissa and Doug awhile back about in toys, and they emailed me about their safety procedures which made feel a bit better.
I was happy that they had never been involved in a recall, but that was until now. I will continue to try to spend any any money on gifts on natural toys and products made in the U.S.A. In the coming weeks, I'll be posting my favorite natural wood toy online shops for your holiday gift giving.
In the meantime, I need to hide the Melissa and Doug train and hope it didn't harm my little girls.