• Stephen D. Estes
On occasion we hear in the media of a recall of goods originating from China due to addition of or contamination by toxic substances. The Chinese government regulations regarding the use of toxic ingredients in consumer goods is far more relaxed than in the United States. Chinese companies can not always be trusted to include a full list of the materials used to manufacture consumer goods.
Americans get particularly enraged when they learn that a contaminated Chinese good is intended for use or consumption by our children. Most often, the offending agent was knowingly used to produce the goods in question and marketed to the United States under false pretenses. Once a product has been identified as containing materials the United States has deemed hazardous, a recall effort is launched and the offending company is asked to replace the product with a safe one and/or return the money that was paid out. Of course, this isn’t always possible as those companies are located in China.
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