It is dizzying trying to keep up with all the toy and kid product recall updates. I find it all deeply disconcerting, a statement of our lack of connection to where most of our products come from, and a symbol of how powerful large corporations and their outsourcing has become.
Here is an important link to know–it is for the Consumer Safety Product Commission, which issues the recalls. The website now provides pictures of the recalled items, which is enormously helpful.
You can also sign up to receive email updates as recalls and press releases are issued. Go the the link above, then click “Sign Up for email announcements” to be added to their email lists. You can also search the website for recall information from the past, which is very helpful to analyze your existing toys, or any garage sale toys you may have.
Here is the link to the master list of recalls organized by date (starting with the most recent). http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/category/toy.html
Maybe there will be a day where we don’t have to worry about companies inadvertently poisoning our children. Until then, we need to check out products we have, and buy more from ethical, natural and sustainable companies.