Calls for Boycott Begin on Dangerous Chinese Products

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The consumer product information website US Recall News has reported on hundreds of recalls over the last three months, but all of the most dangerous and wide-spread have come from Chinese products. Now the site's editor is asking congress to wake up and smell the melamine.

DEG in toothpaste; Melamine in pet food; 1.5 million Thomas the Tank Engine toys with lead-containing paint; and now another 1 million toys recalled by Fisher Price for the same reason… What do all of these potentially deadly recalls from the last few months have in common? They were all made in China.

The popular consumer product information website US Recall News ( collects and republishes important recall information from government organizations like the FDA, USDA, CPSC and EPA. The site has listed hundreds of recalls over the last few months, which involve food and consumer goods from all over the world. But the site's editor, Everett Sizemore, says all of the most dangerous and wide-spread have come from China. Now Mr. Sizemore is urging consumers to make an effort in boycotting many products made in China.

"We need to send a message to the boardrooms of American companies who import products from China; as well as the US and Chinese governments," he says.

Mr. Sizemore doesn't expect Americans to boycott all products made in China. "For one thing, it would be too expensive and difficult for most Americans since a large proportion of the products in their home were produced in China. Second, it would probably cripple our economy."

US Recall News is asking consumers to "do the right thing" and spend the few extra dollars to buy a product manufactured in a country with higher standards for worker's rights, health, and the environment whenever possible.

Even a loss in sales of Chinese products amounting to a few percent would be a huge message for China to clean up their act and for American companies to be more responsible in testing the products they import from China. As for our own government, US Recall News suggests contacting your local Congressperson and urging them to pass legislation that ensures the safety of American consumers from these types of products.

"A recall is just that - the recalling of a product that has already gone to market," says the US Recall News Website. "Waiting until our children have sucked the lead paint off of their toys is simply not good enough! These things should not get store shelves in the first place."

US Recall News is not a government-run or government-sponsored website. It is owned and operated privately and for the benefit of American consumers.

Everett Sizemore
US Recall News


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