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article imageChinese toy recall leads company boss to commit suicide

By Nathalie Caron     Aug 13, 2007 in World
The massive recall, followed by an export ban, of Fisher Price toys manufactured in China brought one of its heads to commit suicide. The children's toys were found to contain excessive amounts of lead.
Zhang Shuhong, who ran the Lee Der Industrial Co. Ltd. was found lifeless, hanging in one of the company's warehouses.
His death comes days after the Chinese government pin pointed Lee Der Industrial Co. as the source of the latest Chinese-made toys found to be unsafe for sale in America. The Chinese government also announced a temporary ban on exports by the company.
It is common practice for dishonored officials to commit suicide in China.
"The boss and the company were harmed by the paint supplier, the closest friend of our boss," said a manager named Liu.
This recall was the second in two months for toys made in China. The last saw 1.5 million Chinese-made wooden railroad toys and set parts from its Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway due to lead paint.
Chinese exports have been in the center of world attention, following other recent events, including the recall of wet pet food containing tainted wheat gluten.
"Along with banning two toy manufactures from exporting toys, China has recently banned 18 food products for export," explains a report by the CBC.
Some argue that the increased scrutiny of Chinese products aiming to embarrass China before the 2008 Beijing Olympics and that this unsafe products are a worldwide issue.
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