Yet another reason not to buy products made in China

As y’all know my aunt and uncle have been heavily involved with the fight against asbestos in this country. Their latest endeavor has been assisting with consumer product testing. The results were released to the press this week. Seattle PI ran an exclusive article last Tuesday. Some highlights are below:

Asbestos has been found in a variety of consumer products, including one of this season’s biggest-selling Christmas toys, according to the nation’s largest asbestos victims organizations.

The CSI Fingerprint Examination Kit, two brands of children’s play clay, powdered cleanser, roof sealers, duct tapes, window glazing, spackling paste and small appliances were among the products in which asbestos was found by at least two of three labs hired by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization . . .

. . . The kit, made in China, is one of several items licensed by CBS after its popular “CSI” science-crime shows. This model has an extensive array of plastic tools, inks and three types of very fine powders — white, black and glow-in-the-dark. The analysis done for the victim’s organization found high levels of two types of asbestos in the white and the glow powder

Physicians are especially concerned because of the significant likelihood of children breathing in asbestos fibers as they hunt for fingerprints and use a soft-bristled brush to move the powder around.

2 thoughts on “Yet another reason not to buy products made in China

  1. That’s really quite frightening, not just because we’re not catching it in products from China, but because we have no testing in place to catch asbestos at all.

    Honestly, how many layers have failed when people can test random products off store shelves and find so many cases of contamination?

  2. Part of the problem is that asbestos is not regulated in this country. Everyone thinks it was banned years ago, but actually no ban exists.

    Also, it goes to show you that most companies will just do the bare minimum required by the law. This is why we need to temper capitalism with some (good) government oversight.

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