Tuesday, September 11, 2007
The New York Times reports on "Why Lead in Toy Paint?" The answer? Lead paint is cheaper:
Why is lead paint — or lead, for that matter — turning up in so many recalls involving Chinese-made goods?
The simplest answer, experts and toy companies in China say, is price. Paint with higher levels of lead often sells for a third of the cost of paint with low levels. So Chinese factory owners, trying to eke out profits in an intensely competitive and poorly regulated market, sometimes cut corners and use the cheaper leaded paint.