I had this summer the news that has had submitted a legislative proposal to strengthen the safety of toys, changing laws, which already has 20 years. .
Today is reformation has been deemed necessary after posting the withdrawal of 20,000,000 of toys from China that withdrew because the paint contained too much lead. Now the aim is ban carcinogenic substances, lead paint and food containing toys included in its interior.
Do it is suitable or sufficient reform?
The question that found me disturbing is that European Jugueteras industries, an organization which represents companies such as Mattel, Hasbro and Hornby, says that reductions or withdrawals should be backed by scientific evidence that demonstrate that those products or substances can cause damage, when, in the case of chemicals and children think that any caution is low and that should prevail otherwise, showing the companies that their products do not contain anything harmful.
The truth is that if we think the things that we now know that they cause cancer and that happily have dumped in the environment or added to everyday objects before demonstrating its safety, I start to tremble.
I.e. now, apart from some specific restrictions, products that are marketed based safeguards on the good faith of the manufacturer, and more still when products are not manufactured in Europe and the controls on origin are much more lax. Let us note that 80% of the toys that are marketed in the world come from factories in China and with the rules is very different in this area.
The role of enterprises
It must be said, however, that many withdrawals are carried out by own initiative of the companies. I have found above 50,000 units immobilized in Spain of the Bindeez game, distributed by Giochi Peziosi, 510,000 units of four products from Mattel to contain excess lead and problems in securing of parts and Toys´r´us gave warning of excess of barium in the painting. It should be noted that almost 60,000 models of toys have been withdrawn so far of the year in Europe.
What does the high number of withdrawals?
The reading of a big figure can have two conclusions. On the one hand, we can say that there are so many withdrawals because controls work; but on the other hand is concerned thinking if really controls detect all problems, especially if they occur once marketed product and not before, to achieve your authorization, and that, in the background, the existence of levels too high toxic us might think it would be, perhaps, better, ban the toxic and require that toys circulating in Europe only may be made with substances clearly harmless and natural.
Unsafe toys create a justified alarm. Not be if really the measure of reducing heavy metals limit and strengthen controls will be sufficient, especially with imported products.
Experts and business organizations, such as the Spanish Association of toy manufacturers (Assotiation), considered that the measures are sufficient and that: “ scan each drive is not viable, because it would paralyse trade & #8221;.
How is the safety of a toy authorized?
First, companies have an obligation to spend analysis, the EC examination, which is required both for toys manufactured in Europe as for the imported toys. An approved laboratory performs tests standardized to the toy, and if you pass them, received the CE mark.
For the toys that are imported are the customs which should control their access to European countries, but there are problems to get to control all imports. As I have found, toy companies own managers ask for more customs control, both in security and in the falsifications.
The third method of control are random inspections carried out the Administration in stores selling toys, to detect possible anomalies.
Are sufficient measures? I don’t know. I think that you must have more control and also tell very well parents so we extrememos attention and not buy items that may seem unreliable.
In Spain more than 20% of the items removed by insecure are toys, but the main problems the risk of suffocation or injury.
Any toy that we see that it can disarm, paint dropped or has small parts may be a risk, especially with younger children, you suck everything and they manipulate, prevent to play this.
I am of the opinion taken us, the parents, the precautions and choose brands toys or for those who are certified in addition to the CE seal with a clear presentation of the materials used, preferring for younger children which are of natural materials.
The safety of toys It depends on many factors, but, ultimately, as consumers and parents, we must not lower our guard.
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