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34 N.C.J. Int'l L. & Com. Reg. 655 (2008-2009)
The Price of Cheap Goods: International Trade with China and the Need for Stringent Enforcement of Manufacturing Regulations

handle is hein.journals/ncjint34 and id is 659 raw text is: THE PRICE OF CHEAP GOODS:
INTERNATIONAL TRADE WITH CHINA AND
THE NEED FOR STRINGENT ENFORCEMENT
OF MANUFACTURING REGULATIONS
I.    Introduction  ....................................................................... 655
II.   Consumer Product Safety within the United States ........... 658
A. The CPSC: The China Program and the CPSC
Plan  of  A ction  ............................................................. 658
B. Obstacles to Consumer Safety Reform ....................... 664
III.  Consumer Product Safety within the European Union ...... 667
A. Consumer Policy and the RAPEX System ................. 667
B. Positive Aspects of the E.U. System; Obstacles to
Consum  er Reform   ....................................................... 674
IV.   Consumer Product Safety in China ................................... 682
A. AQSIQ and Consumer Safety Regulations ................. 682
B. The China Problem: Lack of Enforcement and
Econom  ic  Pressure ...................................................... 684
C.   W  hy  China  M atters ................................................... 687
VI.   The  Global Impact of China .............................................. 690
A. The Expanding Lead Problem ..................................... 690
B. The Possibility of Global Impact ................................ 692
V II.  C onclusion  ......................................................................... 695
I. Introduction
On June 14, 2007, Mattel issued a recall of several of its
popular Thomas the Tank Engine toys after the company
discovered that they had been manufactured with lead paint.' Due
to the probability that children would ingest lead, millions of toys
joined Thomas the Tank Engine on the recall list over the
following months because they contained traces of lead paint.2
I Angel Jennings, Thomas the Tank Engine Toys Recalled Because of Lead
Paint, N.Y. TiMEs, June 15, 2007, at C1.
2 See Mattel Issues New Massive China Toy Recall: About 9 Million Items
Recalled; Danger From Magnets and Lead Paint, MSNBC, Aug. 14, 2007,

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