Unsafe toys rampant in markets

Although Ho Chi Minh City Market Management Board September 15 started to inspect toy businesses, rampant objects for children’s fun without CR (Conformity of Regulation) safety stamps are sold in streets or markets,

Market inspectors are checking toys

Under the new technical regulation of the Ministry of Science and Technology taking effect on September 15, toys must be labeled with CR stamps to help minimize health and safety risks among kids during play.

The regulation includes methods for testing materials and other substances contained in toys as well as the management of import and production activities for toys.

In sidewalks, display of varieties of toys in streets such as Nguyen Van Cu- An Duong Vuong, Luong Nhu Hoc, Nguyen Trai, Hong Bang in district 5 and Nguyen Tri Phuong in district 10 has attracted kids. Vendors all said they didn’t care about the regulation because they can immediately hide toys when police arrive.

Legal toy shops, supermarkets, book stores and old-age markets like Kim Bien and Binh Tay sell cars, dolls and plastic objects, smuggled mainly from China without safety certificates. A wholesaler in Binh Tay market, considered as biggest distributor of toys in the city, said it is hard to sell products with CR stamp because they are usually expensive than imported varieties  without being labeled; moreover, a few designs of legal toys have been produced.

In addition, many parents also prefer buying Chinese toys because they are cheaper and more modern, with more moveable parts compared to locally made products.

Retailers in the city said no importers or enterprises have withdraw  products without safety stamps. They therefore didn’t know what objects have been given accreditation. Furthermore, retailers complained that no relevant agencies have given them detailed instructions, they just heard the regulation through public media.

Inspectors discovered many products without safety stamps in supermarkets, toy shops, and book stores in the city on September 15 as well as fake stamps. Head of the department of city’s market management Dang Van Duc said inspectors would fine businesses, confiscate or destroy illegal products.

By staff writers - Translated by Dang Khoa

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