Recall on promotional glowsticks

Posted on 04/11/2007 by Henk KROON Categorized: Interesting Market information

Dunkin’ Donuts in the USA announced a recall of 1 million pink and orange « glow stick » toys for choking and strangulation risks to small children.
The company said that the Chinese-made glow sticks were free giveaways with donuts at Dunkin’ Donuts stores nationwide from Sept. through Oct. 2007.
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The pink and orange glow sticks were free giveaways at Dunkin’ Donut stores nationwide between Sept. through Oct. 2007.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said the glow sticks are not properly labeled to warn consumers that the cap and lanyard can detach, posing a choking hazard.

Additionally, the agency said the lanyard poses a strangulation hazard to young children.
Although no injuries have been reported, the CPSC advised that consumers should immediately take the recalled glow sticks away from children and return them to any Dunkin’ Donuts for a free donut.

Indeed, on the Chinese trade fairs I see so many promotional products that can be dangerous for small children. Real importers know these dangers and just walk by, but the distributor who thinks he’s clever going directly to China won’t see all of these dangers. Even here in Europe i see many times distributors offering this kind of dangerous stuff to their clients. Doing import is far more than finding a product and just buying it! It’s a responsibility!

Information source : http://money.cnn.com

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