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Recalled Toys China Factory Head Hangs Himself

From those consumer advocates at Reuters:

China recall toy factory boss hangs himself: report

Mon Aug 13

BEIJING (Reuters) – The boss of a Chinese toy manufacturing company involved in a Mattel recall after its products were found to contain excessive lead levels has hanged himself, Chinese media reported on Monday.

Zhang Shuhong, a Hong Kong businessman in his 50s and boss of the Lida Toy Company in the southern province of Guangdong, was found dead in his factory workshop on Saturday, the semi-official Southern Metropolitan Daily said.

About 1.5 million preschool toys made by Lida Toy, a Foshan-based contract manufacturer for Mattel Inc.’s Fisher-Price unit, were recalled across the globe by the U.S. company last week.

The recalled toys included popular preschool characters such as Elmo and Big Bird and dozens of other items. The case was the latest in a deluge of product safety scares that have tainted the “made-in-China” brand…

After China’s execution of one of their former food and drug chiefs, one can’t help but wonder if this was a self-inflicted hanging or maybe the government’s idea.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, August 13th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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