A report on Reuters this morning has said that China has banned two factories from exporting toys following the high profile Mattel recall last week.
The country has apparently stripped export licences from Hansheng Wooden Products Factory and Lida Toy Company, both based in the booming southern province of Guangdong, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine watchdog said on its website.
Hansheng was the producer of 1.5 million wooden vehicles, buildings and other train set toys sold in the US from January 2005 through to June 2007, and then voluntarily recalled by RC2.
Lida Toy, meanwhile, is a contract manufacturer for Fisher-Price. The Chinese watchdog said that the problem was with Lida's paint supplier, which had provided 'fake lead-free' paint for use in production. The companies have been ordered to corrent their problems.
However, the watchdog went on to defend the Made in China brand, saying that the overwhelming majority of toys met American standards. Of about 300,000 batches for export, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission had only made about 29 recalls it said.
It added that importers and brand companies also had a very big responsibility and that it hoped 'foreign toy brands further improve product design and supervision and control to prevent loopholes in toy quality and safety'.