Friday, December 14, 2007

Dollar Tree recalls 300,000 toys

Dollar Tree Stores Inc is recalling 300,000 baby bead toys and toy cars made in China for excessive lead content, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The baby bead toys were sold nationwide from March 2007 through October 2007, while the Speed Racer Pull Back & Go cars were sold from September 2007 through November 2007

Monday, December 10, 2007

Toxic Toys Report Out

The Environmental Health Project for the Ecology Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan conducted tests on more than 1,200 toys and found out many contain toxic substances.

According to the toy safety report, the highest concentrations of lead were found in children’s jewelry - more than 33% contained lead at levels greater than 600 parts per million, a standard for toys and children’s products set by the CPSC.

It also found other chemicals such as cadmium, arsenic and mercury in a small percentage of the toys, as well as phthalates, found in toys made with polyvinyl chloride (PVC).

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"Toxic Turkeys" from China

This spoof news article about toxic turkeys from China, written by Andy Borowitz, is simply hilarious.

Monday, December 3, 2007

200+ Pets Died From Tainted Pet Food

Vets have confirmed that more than 200 cats and dogs died because of tainted per food that originated from China. American Veterinary Medical Association conducted a survey and found out that 348 cases of pet sickness — 236 cats and 112 dogs — met the criteria for kidney failure caused by the pet food contaminated with melamine and cyanuric acid.

The pet food scandal caused the recall of 60 million packages of pet food.

Fake Moon Photos?

China is famous for fake wines and bootleg DVDs, but fake moon photos?

Rumors are abuzz in the net about the veracity of the first photos supposedly taken by China's Chang'e 1 probe. Net denizens have noticed the similarity between the Chang'e 1 photo and the one released by NASA in 2005. Chinese officials deny the claims.

What's next, fake aliens?

Via First Light