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Quality watchdog: Don't let your kids play with these toys
By Wamg Ying (China Daily)
Updated: 2008-07-04 07:15

Two Guangdong toy companies on Thursday recalled products that failed to meet safety standards, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) said.

The first, Shantou-based Dishijia Toy Co, recalled 1,800 containes of its "Animal Club" toys made between Sept 27 of last year and March 10 of this year.

"The recall is because of errors in the production process, which used an outdated paint that did not meet national safety standards and might have potential safety problems," the company said in a statement.

"The toys have not been sold outside China," Xia Wenjun, an AQSIQ press officer, said.

Dishijia said buyers of the toys can return them for an exchange or refund.

The second company, Xinhongji Toy Co, also based in Shantou, yesterday recalled 168 of its "King's Baby" toys, produced between December of last year and March of this year, which contained small parts that could pose a choking hazard.

The two cases are the country's second and third voluntary toy recalls.

The first was in April, when a company in Zhejiang province recalled 18,000 toys that contained small plastic parts.

The AQSIQ on Thursday urged parents to check the safety of toys before buying them for their children. It forbids the sale of unsafe products and requires firms that do so to undertake voluntary recalls.