Monday, August 13, 2007

China - Toy manufacturer commits suicide

The head of a Chinese toy manufacturer has committed suicide. Zhang Shuhong, head of Lee Der Industrial was found dead over the weekend according to Xinhua State News Agency. His company had been the focus of criticism after lead tainted toys were supplied to Fischer Price who this month recalled over one and a half million items from sale. Lee Der made 967,000 toys recalled earlier this month by Mattel Inc. because they were made with paint containing excessive amounts of lead. The plastic preschool toys, sold under the Fisher-Price brand in the U.S., included the popular Big Bird, Elmo, Dora and Diego characters [BBC / CNN].

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