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Local toys play with danger

SHANGHAI commercial authorities reported that 21 percent of the toys they tested recently at local stores failed to meet quality standards and were a potential health threat to children.

The Shanghai Industrial and Commercial Administration Bureau issued the blacklist in advance of yesterday's Children's Day.

Shanghai Daily visited local stores and supermarkets yesterday and found that the substandard toys were no longer being sold, in compliance with the bureau's findings.

"We took the unqualified toys off the shelves immediately after receiving notice that they failed quality tests," said shop assistant Li Yiping at the Baodaxiang Shopping Center on the Nanjing Road Pedestrian Mall.

The bureau checked 47 types of electric and plush toys at 15 city supermarkets and stores. Twenty percent of the electrical toys and 23 percent of the plush toys failed the checks. The substandard toys were found in popular retail outlets, including the Baodaxiang Shopping Center, Landmark Plaza and Pacific Department Store.

Some of the toys' packaging failed because the plastic wrap was dangerously thin and could pose a choking hazard to children.

National standards mandate that the thickness of plastic packaging for toys must exceed 0.038 millimeters, but the plastic bag holding a duck toy sold at Baodaxiang measured only 0.025 millimeters, for example.

Some toys were declared substandard because they failed a drop test - toys that break into sharp pieces. A toy gun sold at Pacific Department Store failed the shatter test.

Other toys didn't measure up because their instructions or labels didn't meet national standards.


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