Here's the story from the Post and another from USA today.
The important point from the story:
The toys were supposed to use 1,5-pentanediol, a nontoxic compound found in glue, but instead contained the harmful 1,4-butanediol, which is widely used in cleaners and plastics.
It’s not clear why 1,4-butanediol was substituted. However, there is a significant difference in price between the two chemicals. The Chinese online trading platform ChemNet China lists the price of 1,4 butanediol at between about $1,350-$2,800 per metric ton, while the price for 1,5-pentanediol is about $9,700 per metric ton.
It seems rather obvious from the above why there was a switch in chemicals: the price. Good old fashion capitalism. This once again reinforces to me that the United States needs to take a good long hard look at the products that are imported from China.
I’m not saying that we boycott Chinese products (although that might not be a bad idea) but greater care has to to be taken in the huge number of products that we import from China.
It makes you wonder what’s gotten past Consumer Product Safety Commission. Not through any fault of theirs but just because the to sheer number of products coming from China. At some point in time, we won’t be so lucky and some product will end up killing people. Then there may indeed be a call to boycott China.