Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Just a day after I post a reader comment about the high lead levels caused by Melissa and Doug toys, a new recall of 3 Melissa and Doug toys was released by Health Canada.
I was tipped off to this by reader and blogger Alicia Bayer, who outlined the story for us in this informative post. Thanks, Alicia!
Remember my post last year about the stacking train? That was also recalled for barium and the woman I spoke with from Melissa and Doug assured me it was from a specific run of the toys, was highly unusual, and didn't pertain to U.S. markets.
Do you think Melissa and Doug is just betting that the CPSC is too busy to notice? Too underfunded? According to Alicia's article, the toys are made in the same facilities in China (SUCH a great safety record there). Now, with other recalls for barium, what sort of trust can we have in them? Not so much.
What harm can barium do?
According to Health Canada, "Some forms of barium are safely used in medical and commercial applications, while other forms of barium can be toxic, causing adverse health effects such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and cramps as well as more severe symptoms. Children's toys coated with paint containing barium in excess of the allowable limit are strictly prohibited in Canada."
Here is information about the recalled toys (from Health Canada):
This recall involves all batches of the following three products by Melissa & Doug.
•Slice and Bake Cookie Set: The set includes a tube of 12 sliceable wooden cookies with 12 decorative toppings, a kitchen mitt, a wooden cookie sheet, knife and spatula. The recalled sets can be identified by UPC 000772040747. Health Canada tested batch number ZP1208.
•Shape Sorting Cube: This toy is a wooden cube with a lid and 12 colourful cut-out shapes that fit into 12 holes, based on the shape. The cut-out shapes are red, yellow, green, and blue. The recalled toys can be identified by UPC 000772005753. Health Canada tested batch number XY0309.
•Pound-a-Peg: This toy includes 8 colourful wooden pegs, a wooden hammer, and a wooden bench. The pegs are red, green, yellow, and blue, and can be pounded into the wooden bench using the hammer. The recalled toys can be identified by UPC 000772004961. Health Canada tested batch number ZP0609.
The advice from Health Canada? Take these toys away from the children.
Now the question remains, will there be a recall in the U.S.? Or is this another example of a "regional specific" recall? As Alicia points out, there is no information on Melissa and Doug's website about this.
Maybe if they stick their fingers in their ears and shout "la--la---la!" it will all go away, especially right as the holiday shopping season begins.
Not us. Let's not buy one single Melissa and Doug toy. We've seen here how they have been unsafe in several instances. Buy U.S. made, unfinished or safely finished wood toys.