I’m having a rough day. Forgive the light posting; this is about all I can handle for now.
Industry analysts said Mattel’s woes are part of a much larger problem. “If I went down the shelves of Wal-Mart and tested everything, I’m going to find serious problems,” said Sean McGowan, managing director and the toy analyst at Wedbush Morgan Securities. “The idea that Mattel — with its high standards — has a bigger problem than everybody else is laughable. If we don’t see an increase of recalls in this industry, then it’s a case of denial.”
I’m sure I’m not the only person who thought this would be good news for domestic producers but still, it hadn’t touched us. Yet. Then today, the New York Times published Some Baby Bibs Said to Contain Levels of Lead.
Certain vinyl baby bibs sold at Toys “R” Us stores appear to be contaminated with lead, laboratory tests have shown, making the inexpensive bibs another example of a made-in-China product that may be a health hazard to children.
Honestly, I’d never thought that apparel producers would have to test their products for lead. I’d be interested in hearing if any of the children’s products producers are doing any kind of formalized lab testing. Are your stores asking about lab testing? Also, do you think the recalling of Chinese made products will affect consumer demand for your products? Have you seen an increase in inquiries and sales? Inquiring minds want to know…