FOXNews.comToys ‘R’ Us Pulls Bibs As a Precaution
Friday, August 17, 2007
By JEFFREY GOLD, AP Business Writer
NEWARK, N.J. —
Toys "R" Us Inc. on Friday said it was removing all vinyl baby bibs from its
Toys "R" Us and Babies "R" Us stores as a precaution after two bibs made
in China for one supplier showed lead levels that exceeded Toys "R" Us standards.
Toys "R" Us, which operates over 1,500 stores, said the result came in testing
this month of bibs supplied by Hamco Inc. and marketed under the Koala Baby,
Especially for Baby and Disney Baby labels.
Tests of Hamco bibs in May were within standards, Toys "R" Us said.
Vinyl bibs made by other companies have been temporarily removed to avoid any
confusion among customers and allow further testing, Wayne-based Toys "Toys R" Us said.
A message seeking comment from Hamco, based in Gonzales, La., was not imme
Childhood exposure to lead can cause learning problems, reduced intelligence,
hyperactivity and attention deficit disorder, studies have shown.
Toys "R" Us, the nation’s second-largest toy seller after Wal-Mart Stores Inc., said
customers can return any vinyl bib purchased from a Toys "R" Us or Babies "R" Us store
for a full refund.
Information is available at 1-800-869-7787.
The bib removal is the latest in a series of recent problems involving imports from China.
Products including tires, toys, toothpaste, seafood and pet food have been recalled.
The Toys "R" Us move involves about 160,000 vinyl bibs, including some in its warehouses.
Nearly 90 percent of the bibs are from Hamco, and all of them were made in China, Toys "R"
Us spokeswoman Kathleen Waugh said.
The action by Toys "R US" Us came two days after a California environmental group said
that some vinyl bibs made in China and sold at Toys "R" Us stores contained lead levels well
above federal safety limits for lead in paint.
Toys "R" Us has said its May tests were prompted by Wal-Mart’s decision that month to
recall lead-tainted vinyl bibs from its stores nationwide. Wal-Mart’s recall came after a lawsui
t brought by the Center for Environmental Health, the California group.
Both the bibs sold by Wal-Mart and Toys "R" Us were manufactured in China for Hamco.
A statement issued by Hamco at the time of the Wal-Mart recall did not address whether their
bibs contained lead but quoted an industry trade group statement suggesting that the risk of
babies ingesting lead even if the bibs were tainted was slight.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a statement in May saying that the
lead-contaminated bibs were safe if in good condition. But if a bib "deteriorates to the point
that a baby could pull or bite off and swallow a piece of vinyl containing lead, then the amounts
of lead consumed could approach levels of concern," the agency said.
On the Net:
Toys ‘R US: http://www.toysrus.com
Hamco Inc.: http://www.crowncrafts.com
Center for Environmental Health: http://www.cehca.org/babybibs.htm
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