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Toxic pajamas from China part of wider conspiracy?

Toxic PajamasThe safety problems affecting Chinese goods spread from toys to textiles on Monday as New Zealand said it would investigate allegations that imported children’s clothes contained dangerous levels of formaldehyde. Experts bring up the rational point that this makes up a tiny fraction of exports from China and that most of the defective products come from unscrupulous sub contractors and are isolated incidents. Myopic news lemmings like me who will readily latch onto any half baked conspiracy theory see something far more sinister…

The Warehouse, a New Zealand retailer, issued a recall at the weekend for children’s pajamas made in China after two children were burned when their flannel nightclothes caught fire. The government ordered the probe after scientists hired by a consumer watchdog program discovered formaldehyde in Chinese clothes at levels of up to 900 times regarded as safe. Manufacturers sometimes apply formaldehyde to clothes to prevent mildew. It can cause skin rashes, irritation to the eyes and throat and allergic reactions.

The New Zealand investigation is the first time that the safety of Chinese clothes has been called into question; concerns have been raised over a series of Chinese products in recent months, including toys, food and toothpaste. Last week, Mattel said it was recalling 18.2m toys globally because of hazards such as the use of lead paint.

The latest concerns came as Li Changjiang, head of China’s safety watchdog, claimed the product safety scares were “a new trend of trade protectionism”, and accused some governments of “demonising China’s products”.

Hiscomments reflected Beijing’s anxiety over growing fears of Chinese exports in the US and Europe, but they were dismissed by Peter Mandelson, the European Union trade commissioner.

“The allegation that European companies’ action against toxic Chinese goods is politically motivated and shows bias against China is totally false,” said Mr Mandelson on Monday. “As trade commissioner, I will not accept claims of toxicity being used as a pretext for protectionism.’’

Economists say the safety scandals have so far had limited impact on exports, in part as toys accounted for less than 1 per cent of overall exports last year, while foodstuffs made up 1.4 per cent.

Textiles and clothing made up more than 13 per cent of exports in the first half of the year.

“The textile sector is a much more important part of China’s exports so this will be more of a cause for concern for the authorities,” said Mark Williams, an economist at Capital Economics in London. “However, these cases are still a drop in the ocean in terms of China’s overall trade.”

China lacks the military strength to challenge the United States but if they quietly poison us one at a time they can weaken us to the point where we cannot defend ourselves. It’s like the evil wife on Matlock who puts a small amount of arsenic in her husbands coffee over a period of weeks kills him without raising suspicion. I probably stayed up too late watching In Search of with Leonard Nimoy but this poisoned pajama incident may be part of a secret Chinese program. First they poison our dogs and cats, the Thomas the Train cars, pretty soon our houses will be chalk full of toxic Chinese crap from box stores. Before we know it those of us who survive will all be speaking Chinese.

Hysterical? Perhaps, but I’m safe here under my bed blogging, at least until Google turns me into the Chinese authorities.

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Posted By: Jerome Aronson

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3 Responses to “Toxic pajamas from China part of wider conspiracy?”

  1. All of this hysteria seems at first like some evil takeover of the little yellow men, however, it may serve to ask what does the American government stand to gain from discrediting China? Afterall it is possible and even likely that someone other than China is responsible for these things going wrong. I would even go so far as to think that it may be another country framing China so America will retaliate. They are all suspects as far as I’m concerned.

    msjohnson on 08 Nov 2007 at 12:45 pm
  2. I totally agree with you Ms Johnson. It would seem to me that all of the leprechans have joined together into framing China for the alleged lead paint, alleged Aqua Dot rape drug, the alleged plane crash cover ups. I’ve been watching the Chinese very carefully, as they are rather entertaining, and I can tell you that I believe you. The Chinese are just doing a great job working for $.40/hr while the rest of the Asian communities are jealous of their action.
    Come on everyone, as Ms Johnson says, leave the “yellow men” alone.

    Michael on 08 Nov 2007 at 5:13 pm
  3. […] because the lead paint monkeys (and Red Wagons, Thomas & Friends, pajamas, and many others) are not safe. And the cribs are dangerous. Well, I wouldn’t assume this to […]

    Aqua Dots thinning the herd on 09 Nov 2007 at 12:10 pm
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